Pittsburgh Opera wants you to feel safe attending our performances and events.
This page was last updated on January 20, 2022.
Effective August 19, 2021, Pittsburgh Opera, in partnership with other performing arts organizations from Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, is requiring that guests attending indoor performances and events at the Bitz Opera Factory in the Strip District or the Benedum Center downtown provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Please see details below about what constitutes proof of vaccination, criteria for proof of negative tests for exceptions such as children, photo ID requirements, masking requirements, and other important information.
Pittsburgh Opera has developed and are implementing robust safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to protect patrons, visitors, employees, staff, artists, and volunteers, as well as mitigate the potential for spread of COVID-19 in our organizational areas and communities.
All policies have been developed with consideration for recommendations and/or orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department, as well as best practices being developed in the performing arts industry in the United States and abroad.
These protocols are not only intended to keep you safe, but to allow you to sit back and enjoy our performances with peace of mind.
Company members are also subjected to health screenings as part of normal business operations.
These vaccine and masking policies went into effect on August 19, 2021, were originally set to run through November 30, 2021, and have since been extended to run through April 3, 2022 (our final performance of Carmen).
The January through April 3, 2022 indoor Pittsburgh Opera performances and events they encompass are:
- Brown Bag Resident Artist concert at the Bitz Opera Factory on March 5th, 2022
- Opera Up Close on February 6, if it is held in person instead of via Zoom
- All performances of The Rose Elf
- All performances of In a Grove
- All performances of Carmen
Determinations on vaccination and masking policies for events taking place after April 3, 2022 will be made as soon as possible. Please check back on this page for updates.
- Update as of November 9th: 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 at their time of entry into the venue with their valid ticket.
- Prior to this November 9th update, the list of acceptable vaccines was limited to the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That list has now been expanded to include all vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization, e.g. AstraZeneca.
- “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of the performance, a guest has received their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or their single dose of a single-dose vaccine, at least 14 days prior.
Please note the exceptions listed in section below, along with time-criteria for proof of negative test results, and ID requirements.
The following documentation is considered proof of vaccination:
- Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered) OR
- A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document OR
- A photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR
- Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport app OR
- Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record.
Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.
Update as of January 7th: The vaccination exception for children under the age of 12 is no longer in effect since the CDC has approved vaccines for children ages 5 and up*.
The only exceptions to the vaccination policy are for people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination.
- Guests who fall into one of these exception categories must provide either:
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time.
COVID-19 tests must be administered by an official testing center. Self-administered tests will not be accepted.
Together with the proof of vaccination, all guests 18 years or older must also present a valid photo ID. Guests under 12, and guests younger than 18 without a photo ID, must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.
*Please note that the minimum age to attend a full opera production (The Rose Elf, In A Grove, Carmen, and Blue) is age 6. Children of all ages are welcome to attend Pittsburgh Opera’s Brown Bag concerts, but children too young to be vaccinated must have proof of a negative test as per COVID policies above to attend them.
Update as of January 20, 2022 - the requirement that the ID be government-issued has been dropped. While government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport is still acceptable, we will also accept any legitimate current photo ID, such as student ID, membership cards, etc. as long as the name matches the name on the proof of vaccination.
Together with the proof of vaccination, all guests 18 years or older must also present a valid photo ID.
Guests under 12, and guests younger than 18 without a photo ID, must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.
Face coverings (masks) will be required for all guests attending indoor Pittsburgh Opera performances and events at the Bitz Opera Factory in the Strip District or the Benedum Center downtown through April 3, 2022 when levels of community COVID-19 transmission in Allegheny County are ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the day of the event. This information is available on the CDC’s Integrated County View webpage.
Pittsburgh Opera reserves the right to require guests to remain masked regardless of community spread if Pittsburgh Opera determines it is necessary for artist and staff safety.
Face coverings may include but are not limited to homemade or purchased cloth face masks, disposable face masks, scarves, or bandanas as long as both mouth and nose are covered completely.
Disposable masks will also be available at the Bitz Opera Factory on a limited basis should a Company Member or Guest request one.
Any person experiencing any COVID-19 symptom that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity, or who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ten days, or is currently waiting for COVID-19 test results will be denied admittance.
Building Cleanings/Facility Hygiene
The Bitz Opera Factory undergoes daily cleaning, and continues to follow pre-existing cleaning protocols. Additionally, high-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected daily using an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill human coronavirus.
Pittsburgh Opera has made hand soap and hand sanitizer accessible throughout the building either at sinks or sanitizing stations placed appropriately at key entry points and where sinks are not readily available.
Pittsburgh Opera provides tissues and trash bins at or near sanitizing stations throughout the building. Anyone entering the building should always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow when coughing or sneezing and immediately wash or sanitize their hands.
- The Bitz Opera Factory now maintains a minimum outdoor air ventilation of 15% at all times, and increases this amount as appropriate.
- Our HVAC systems now run 24/7 to allow for maximum air changeover and removal of particles.
- Pittsburgh Opera has upgraded to MERV-13 filters in all our HVAC units.
All persons are expected to adhere to posted occupancy limits or restrictions, and to adhere to posted signage and instructions regarding traffic patterns throughout the Bitz Opera Factory.