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Health and Safety

Covid-19 Attendance Guidelines

Updated: 3/29/22

Masks and Proof of Vaccination Policies Remain in Effect for Wirtz Center Audiences

We recognize that mask and proof of vaccine mandates are being lifted in public spaces throughout the state of Illinois. However, we will continue to require all audience members and staff to wear masks inside our venues and show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 48 hours.  
As our health and safety policies continue to evolve, updates will be communicated through our pre-show emails and on this page of our website. 

We highly recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the start of the event time indicated on your bar-coded, e-ticket to ensure adequate time for vaccination verification and a timely start to performances.

Northwestern University and the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts are delighted to welcome back audiences for safe in-person, indoor performances this 2021-22 Season.

As Northwestern, the city of Evanston, and the state of Illinois update their guidelines, the Wirtz Center will continue to work with our health and safety specialists to evaluate and alter our plans as necessary. We are committed to keeping you informed, and our latest guidelines will be up to date on this page.

While we continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, our current plans for the return to in-person programming are as follows:

  • We will open up to 100 percent seating capacity this fall. We do not plan to offer subscriptions this season but instead will offer a FLEXPASS. All tickets will be sent digitally to allow us to respond to any capacity changes that may arise.
  • Patrons who are vaccinated must be prepared to show proof at the door of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours (two days) of a show. For patrons who are unvaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours (two days) of a show is required. Home self-tests without third-party validation are not permitted. Northwestern is pleased to be able to offer COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for adult campus visitors.  Currently, Northwestern does not offer testing for minors.  Visitors may include prospective students, Northwestern event attendees, and family or friends visiting campus.
  • Patrons must agree to comply with Northwestern’s Covid-19 Safety Acknowledgment when purchasing tickets online:
    • COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for this event. All attendees will be required to have been fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event start, as well as comply with all other University safety protocols that are in place at the time of the event. Participants unwilling or unable to abide by these requirements should not attend.
  • ALL staff and patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask at all times when indoors.
  • Shows will be performed at full length with intermissions where applicable.  We are evaluating offering a limited selection of concession items.
  • Show programs will continue to be produced and made available prior to performances via e-mail and in the venues via a QR code. A few large-print programs will be available in the box office for each performance.
  • Ticket returns and exchanges? We will be flexible with our return and exchange policy this season. While our box office remains closed to in-person sales, all tickets can be ordered online, and our team will be available via phone and e-mail during expanded hours that will be included in the season announcement information.
  • We will continue to practice enhanced cleaning practices and offer hand-sanitizing stations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Above all, we are committed to working in full coordination with public health agencies to ensure that our protocols promote the safest environment for our students and audiences.

We look forward to the safe return to live performances, but also recognize that future changes to our policies may be necessary. We thank you for your understanding and support during these unusual times — and always!

For more information about Northwestern University’s COVID-19 response: