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

Entry Requirements

Updated: November 5, 2021

Four main things you need to know for entering the venue or event.
Please share this information with everyone in your party. Guests who do not provide proper documentation will be denied entry.


Vaccination Requirements   Masks   Food & Beverage   Screening


Vaccination Requirements

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All guests will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorized by the World Health Organization and must show proof of vaccination and photo ID at their time of entry into the venue with their valid ticket.

"Fully vaccinated" means on the day of the performance date as shown on the valid ticket, a guest is:

  • At least 14 days after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or
  • At least 14 days after their single dose of a single-dose vaccine

Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Guests may bring their vaccination card or a photo of their card on their smartphone. Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport App is also acceptable.

The only exceptions are:

  • guests under the age of 12, who must be tested and accompanied by an adult that meets our venue’s vaccination requirements; or
  • guests who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief
  • Please note: some third party renters of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust facilities may have their own vaccination requirements. Direct communication from the presenting organization before your event will have the most up to date information on entry requirements.

For guests who are not able to be vaccinated for one of the reasons listed above, they must provide one of the following instead of evidence of vaccination:

  • negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time, or negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time. COVID tests must be administered by an official testing center such as Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, MedExpress, etc. Self-administered or at-home tests will not be accepted.
  • For the following performances only, guests between the ages of 2-12 do not need to provide a negative test but must wear masks at all times and follow the other venue health policies:
    • Trust Arts Education events for audiences under 12 (see
    • Cirque Dreams Holidaze | November 26-27, 2021
    • Black Violin: Give Thanks Holiday Tour | December 2, 2021
    • A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage | December 3, 2021
    • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker | December 10-29, 2021
    • Lindsey Stirling | December 13, 2021
    • Pittsburgh CLO’s A Christmas Carol | December 17-23, 2021
    • The Hip-Hop Nutcracker | December 30, 2021
    • Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
    • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! | February 5, 2022
    • Blippi The Musical | February 15, 2022

Together with the proof of vaccination, all guests 12 years or older must also present a photo ID with name matching the vaccine card (i.e. driver’s license, passport, school photo ID). Guests younger than 18 may use a government-issued photo ID or school photo ID. Guests under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.

Entry will be denied for guests who do not provide the documentation as required above.


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Masks are required to be worn by everyone over the age of two (2) for the duration of their visit inside a Cultural Trust venue.

Approved facial protective coverings include masks which are constructed of cloth, tightly-woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends, and must contain two or three layers of fabric. Surgical masks, KN95 masks, and NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are approved facial protective coverings.

Gaiters, bandanas, ski masks, scarves, face shields, or vented masks, etc. are not approved facial protective coverings.

Food and Beverage

While masks are in use, food and beverage service has been suspended in Cultural Trust venues. No food or beverage will be available for purchase inside, with the exception of water bottles. Guests may also bring a water bottle into any Cultural Trust venue.

Liberty Magic BYOB is suspended while masking is in effect.

For the Harris Theater, all guests must wear a mask over the nose and mouth at all times while inside the Harris Theater. Masks can be temporarily removed when a guest is eating and/or drinking while remaining in their seat at the Harris Theater. Concessions are available for all screenings and the Harris Theater is BYOB.


Prior to entry, all guests and permissible items may be subject to physical screening and inspection. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has updated all screening technology to EVOLV systems, which most notably provides comprehensive, contactless screening machines through which guests can seamlessly walk through with their bags, coats, and permissible items. (Click this section to read more.)

Prohibited items discovered during our screening process will not be allowed inside of the theater or arts venue. Prohibited items are listed below and include weapons of any kind, bags larger than 16x16x8, outside food and beverages (except for water bottles), laptop computers. Please review the full list here before visiting.

By presenting your ticket and entering our venue, you consent to such screenings. Refusal of screening may result in denied entry into our venues. These protection measures have been put in place to ensure that each performance or experience is occurring in a safe environment for our guests. Our full Guest Code of Conduct can be found here.


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