Know Before You Go: Vaccination and Masking Protocols for Cultural District Events

Additional Layers of Defense

Realizing that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has implemented additional layers of defense in our venues.

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‘Gold Standard’ in cleaning

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is the first performing arts venues in Pennsylvania to receive Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Facility Accreditation for stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in its facilities. At this time accreditation has been provided for the Benedum Center, Byham Theater, and Greer Cabaret Theater with GBAC STAR accreditation pending for the Harris Theater and O’Reilly Theater.

Restrooms are extensively disinfected prior to every event and will continue to be sanitized throughout every performance, including door handles, toilets, handles, sinks, countertops, soap dispensers, faucets, and adult and baby-changing stations. We have installed new, touchless fixtures in many of our facilities.

High-touch areas throughout our venues, including door handles, handrails, countertops, and elevator buttons are being cleaned prior to, during, and after all events.

We provide an ample supply of hand sanitizer and seat wipes. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proactively placing hand sanitizers at every front door and throughout each of our venues. Seat wipe dispensers have also been added at central locations in every venue.

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Safe entry procedures

We have implemented contactless ticketing. We encourage you to purchase tickets online, which will allow for a more contactless in-theater experience. The Trust is implementing contactless scanners, meaning guests will be able to scan their own mobile, print at home, or physical ticket upon arriving on-site to gain admission to the performance.

In accordance with public health guidance and applicable law, COVID-19 related health protocols may be in effect at the time of performance, including the completion of a brief health and safety questionnaire. Guests will be contacted prior to their event with any required health and safety entry procedures.

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Clean Air in Our Venues

We have improved overall air quality, expanded the use of high-efficiency filters, and added new HVAC technologies. The Trust has reviewed and improved air quality in all our venues. We have also equipped all HVAC systems with upgraded, Merv-16 rated filters, which have been identified to be much more effective in trapping microscopic particles, including COVID-19.

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Staff and Volunteers

All staff, volunteers, and artists in Cultural District venues are required to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks when they are not performing.

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Guest Screening/Health Certification

By virtue of entering one of the Cultural Trust’s venues, Guests are acknowledging that all of the statements below are true on the day they visit. If any of the statements are NOT true, guests should not come to the venue and instead use the flexible ticket policy options outlined on our FAQ page.

  • I have not tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test in the past ten (10) days.
  • I am not and have not recently experienced (within the last 48 hours) any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19
  • I have not had close contact or proximate contact with any person(s) confirmed with a diagnostic test or suspected based on symptoms, to have COVID-19 within the past ten (10) days.

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