Milwaukee’s performing arts organizations: COVID vaccine, negative test required

Milwaukee’s performing arts organizations will require COVID-19 vaccinations or proof of a negative test within 72 hours of events for all audience members ages 12 and older who attend indoor performances beginning in September.

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Performing arts organizations following these COVID-19 precautions include:

The Milwaukee Ballet welcomed back audiences in February with limited capacity and masks required. The additional measures announced Wednesday come in conjunction with the other performing arts groups.

"We all felt it was important for us as a group to have similar policies so audience members wouldn’t be confused, and see essentially a united front in the arts and entertainment sphere," said Kendra Ingram, president and CEO of the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

Marcus Performing Arts Center

Marcus Performing Arts Center

At the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, refunds will be offered for people unwilling to meet the new requirements.

"We’re in the business of bringing together large groups of people indoors for multiple hours sitting shoulder to shoulder, so getting vaccinated is really the key to allow us to do that," Ingram said.

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The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts has not had an indoor show since March 2020, but is preparing to ramp things up.

"Once October hits, we are rolling through basically the Christmas holiday," Ingram said. That includes the return of Milwaukee Ballet's "Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker rehearsed in 2020 by the Milwaukee Ballet

The Nutcracker rehearsed in 2020 by the Milwaukee Ballet

Exact protocols may vary by organization, and audience members are encouraged to contact individual organizations for details or questions regarding policies. Pabst Theater Group and Milwaukee Film/Oriental Theater also have protocols in place.

For more information on individual organization policies and ticket refunds, visit their websites.

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