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COVID Safety Policy

COVID Safety Policy

Since the pandemic began and we had to close our theatres, we have looked forward to the day when we could finally reopen and safely produce live theatre again. Throughout this time, the safety of our staff, performers and audience has been our top priority, and we’d like to share with you some of the ways we are preparing to reopen the theatre to the public.

Led by Rachel J. Tischler, General Manager, and Kristan McLaughlin, our certified COVID Safety Officer, our staff has created a detailed safety plan that considers every aspect of operating our facilities and rehearsing and performing shows. The safety plan is updated regularly with the most current, science-based information. From cleaning protocols to venue operations to air ventilation systems to staff scheduling, all corners of our operation have been reviewed and updated, multiple times. We have also implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all Goodspeed staff.

Our safety plan and our facility were reviewed by Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean of the Yale School of Public Health. As part of his efforts with the Shoreline Arts Alliance to assist arts venues to reopen safely, Dr. Vermund gave Goodspeed his unconditional approval. Dr. Vermund also toured the Opera House to review our systems and provide advice on maximizing airflow and sanitation. You can see a video of his assessment below.

Dr. Vermund stated, “The provisions for safety in this facility are absolutely extraordinary. They’ve optimized the safety of the air, purifying the air with upgrades of the heating and ventilation air unit. They’ve got a strategy for maintaining the performers’ and musicians’ safety. We have discussed in detail how to encourage patrons to be safe. So I am thrilled that Goodspeed is planning a season this year. I can’t wait to come myself.”

We will continue to provide information about safety protocols for our audience through emails and on our website. In the meantime, we look forward to the grand reopening with A Grand Night for Singing and to seeing you all once again at The Goodspeed.

Safety Policies

as of August 24, 2021 

Below is a list of safety policies for indoor performances at The Goodspeed. These policies will remain in effect until at least the end of 2021. We will regularly review the current situation and any updated guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut to determine if changes to our safety policies are necessary. All changes to our safety policies will be communicated on our website and in emails sent prior to your performance.

Vaccination Policy

Patrons must be Fully Vaccinated (as defined below) with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to be permitted to attend events at The Goodspeed. Proof of vaccination and a valid ticket for the performance will be required at the time of entry. Entry will be denied to patrons who do not provide the documentation as required. 

Because they are unable to get vaccinated, children under 12 may not attend The Goodspeed at this time.


The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:

  • Vaccination card (which includes the name of the person vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccine provided, and date the last dose was administered, which must be at least two weeks prior to the performance date)
  • A photo of the attendee’s vaccination card as a separate document
  • A photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device
  • Documentation of full vaccination from a healthcare provider

“Fully vaccinated” means on the day of the performance, as shown on the valid ticket, a patron is: 

  • at least 14 days after their second dose of an FDA or WHO approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or 
  • at least 14 days after their single dose of an FDA or WHO approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.  

The only exceptions are: 

  • patrons who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief.  
To request an exemption, you must email safety@goodspeed.org in advance of purchasing a ticket and state why you are eligible for an exemption. Once approved, the box office will contact you for purchasing tickets.
Patrons with an approved exemption must provide, instead of evidence of vaccination, proof of one of the following or they will not be admitted to the theatre:
  • negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time,?or 
  • negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time. 

Mask Policy

Masks are required at all times while inside The Goodspeed, regardless of vaccination status except when drinking in the bar area or outside areas. Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings. If a patron does not have an acceptable mask, a mask will be provided. Patrons who choose not to wear a mask will be asked to leave the building. 

Seating Policy

Capacity will be limited to allow for more space in seating areas. There will be one empty seat between parties and patrons will not be allowed to move into empty seats during the performance.