As the Appell Center for the Performing Arts begins to welcome guests back through its doors, the following policies will be in effect. These protocols have been put into place to ensure the safest experience for our guests, artists, staff and volunteers.
Beginning September 15, the Appell Center will require patrons to present one of the following to attend events at the Strand Theatre, Capitol Theatre and The Studio:
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR
A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance time OR
Negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of performance time
FULLY VACCINATED PATRONS
All fully vaccinated guests visiting the Appell Center will need to show proof of full vaccination, a government issued ID, and their event ticket before entering any of the Center’s venues.
Fully vaccinated means that on the date of the performance or event, the guest is:
At least 14 days past receiving the second dose of a double-dose vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/Biontech) OR
At least 14 days past receiving their sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Acceptable proofs of vaccine include
A government issued CDC vaccine card OR
A photo on your mobile device of your government issued CDC vaccine card
Guests over the age of 12 who are not vaccinated must provide one of the following, as well as a government issued ID:
A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken by an approved testing site within 24 hours of the date and time of the performance or event
A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken by an approved testing site within 72 hours of the date and time of the performance or event
Any guest under the age of 12, including those under the age of 5, who is not eligible for the vaccine MUST wear a mask at all times.
Per current CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines, all guests are highly encouraged to wear a mask when visiting the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, regardless of vaccination status.
These policies are subject to change at any time. Please refer to https://appellcenter.org//plan-your-visit/covid-po... for current COVID-19 policies.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are we requiring audience members to be vaccinated?
The health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers are of utmost importance for the Appell Center for the Performing Arts. Recent scientific studies show that the best protection against the spread of COVID-19 is being vaccinated. Approved vaccines have been through numerous clinical trials and have been shown to be effective and safe.
How do we define fully vaccinated?
On the date of your performance or event, the guest is at least 14 days past receiving the second dose of a double-dose vaccine (such as Moderna or Pfizer Biontech), or 14 days past receiving their sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
What vaccines are acceptable?
Johnson & Johnson
What types of proof of vaccination are accepted?
A government issued CDC vaccine card
A photo on your mobile device of your government issued vaccine card
All guests will also need to show a form of government issued identification to allow our staff to confirm that the vaccination record matches the person attending the performance.
Where can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine or test?
The York County Health Bureau has a variety of COVID-19 resources including vaccine and testing information. https://reports.mysidewalk.com/579be8a3bb
What if I have a medical or religious reason to not be vaccinated?
Guests who are unable to obtain a vaccine due to a medical exception or sincerely held religious belief may provide one of the following:
A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time as stated on the ticket or,
A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time as stated on the ticket.
What about children under the age of 18 who are vaccinated but do not have a form of ID?
Guests under the age of 18 may present a government-issued ID or school photo ID.
Guests under the age of 18 who do not have any of the above listed ID’s may only attend a performance or event in the company of an adult who provides the required ID and vaccine documentation for themselves and can confirm the validity of the minor’s test results or vaccine verification.
What if I am bringing a child under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated?
Guests under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine must wear a mask at all times.
What about my child who is too young to wear a mask?
For the safety of the child, all children under the age of 12 must wear a mask at all times.
Will you accept self-administered tests?
No. Only tests administered by an approved medical professional will be accepted.
Will I have to show my vaccination card at every performance?
Yes.Proof of vaccination or a negative test which meets the above-mentioned criteria will be required every time a guest attends a performance or event. The Appell Center will not retain any vaccination or test records.
Are masks still required?
Per the CDC and PA Department of Health, all guests are highly encouraged to wear a mask when visiting the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, regardless of vaccination status.
Masks are required for guests under the age of 12 who are unable to receive the vaccine.
Staff and volunteers will all be required to wear masks
When do these policies go into effect?
September 15, 2021
What events/performances are affected by these policies:
All events taking place within the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, including:
Strand Theatre Performances
Any public or private rental events being held on site
Are we requiring staff and volunteers to be vaccinated?
All staff and volunteers will be required to show a proof of vaccine as outlined above.
What if I forget my proof of vaccination or negative test?
With the exception of children between the ages of 5 and 12, no guests will be allowed in the building without proof of vaccine or a negative test, as defined above.Should you forget your proof of vaccine or negative test, our box office will be happy to assist you with rescheduling for another performance or event or issuing a gift certificate.No refunds will be given to guests who arrive at an event without their proof of vaccine or negative test.
Can I provide proof of vaccination prior to my show so I don’t have to wait to get in?
To expedite this process, at select live events a guest may stop by the theatre up to four hours prior to their performance or event and show their proof of vaccine and government issued photo ID. They will be given a wrist band to gain entry to their performance or event later that afternoon or evening.Please visit your show’s page at AppellCenter.org or your pre-show email regarding the availability of pre-check.
Are you still practicing social distancing?
Seating at all venues within the Appell Center is currently at full capacity.
What other COVID-19 measures are in place?
The Appell Center continues to deep clean and disinfect all surfaces and theaters between performances. Overall air quality has been improved with the installation of MERV-13 filters in our HVAC systems which are also set to maximize circulation of fresh air through the facility.
What if I am not willing to accept these terms to attend a performance?
If you purchased tickets prior to these policies being announced and no longer wish to attend, our box office will assist you with exchanges, gift certificates or refunds.