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CAPA to Lift Health Screening Requirements and Make Masks Optional at all Venues Beginning April 4

Posted: March 8, 2022

Beginning April 4, 2022, CAPA will no longer require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for entry into its venues and masks will become optional for all patrons, staff, and volunteers. Free, disposable masks will remain available on-site at all venues.

While this is a change to CAPA venue policy, individual artists and arts organizations will determine their own health and safety protocols and may opt to still require masks and/or proof of vaccination for their events. CAPA will honor the preferences of the artists/presenting organizations and require health screenings and/or mask mandates as requested.

Prior to attending an event at a CAPA venue, ticket holders are advised to check the web site of the presenting organization or www.CBUSArts.com to confirm the policy in place for their specific performance.

The policy change will apply to the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre, Lincoln Theatre, and the Riffe Center’s Davidson Theatre and three studio theatres.

The adjustment comes in response to the lifting of the mask mandate by the City of Columbus, revised federal guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the significant decline in COVID-19 transmission rates in Franklin County.

“Delaying the implementation of the policy changes to April 4 gives CAPA, our presenting organizations, and touring artists time to adjust to the new policies, or determine their own, and inform their ticket holders,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “We continue to encourage masks for those that are more comfortable wearing them.”

CAPA is closely monitoring state and local guidelines and will continue to adjust its policies as necessary to keep all artists, patrons, staff, and volunteers safe.