COVID-19: Audience Safety and Ticketing Information

To Our BOF Community,

The safety and comfort of our artists and patrons have always been a high priority for Berkshire Opera Festival, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Leading up to and throughout the current 2022 season, BOF has worked tirelessly to refine safety protocols in conjunction with our performance venues and based on the most current CDC guidelines* and industry best practices. Audience safety guidelines are in addition to internal company protocols which include a vaccination requirement for all 2022 BOF Artists and Company Members.

 

2022 SEASON COVID-19 AUDIENCE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS (as of August 5, 2022)

Seating at all BOF 2022 season performances is being offered at full capacity with no social distancing between parties.

  • High on the Ramparts: We will be following the protocols outlined below in the Public Performances section which require proof of vaccination and masks for entry. This policy differs from the current Berkshire Museum protocols for patrons visiting the museum during regular business hours.

  • Don Giovanni: For current information on COVID-19 Protocols in place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, please refer to their website here. 

Public Performances

  • Proof of vaccination: Proof of vaccination is required prior to entry of all BOF events and performances. Vaccination cards will be verified by ushers and event staff at the theater on the day of the performance. 

  • Vaccination Exemption: If an audience member is unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely-held religious belief, they may instead submit a negative COVID-19 test result from a PCR Test administered within 48 hours of the start of the event or a Rapid Antigen Test administered within 24 hours of the event. 

  • Masks: Face masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all indoor BOF events and performances unless otherwise stated. N95 or KN95 face masks are preferred. 

BOF Special and Donor Events

In an added effort to keep our artists and company members safe and healthy, BOF will now be requiring a negative COVID test for all guests attending BOF donor and special events (receptions, private rehearsals, etc.) regardless of vaccination status. This may be either a PCR Test administered within 48 hours of the start of the event or a Rapid Antigen Test administered within 24 hours of the event.

For the convenience of our event guests, we have created a system to verify vaccination records in advance to expedite the check-in process and guarantee entry on the day of your event. One may easily do so by sending an email to CovidSafety@BerkshireOperaFestival.org with the guest's name and a photo or electronic copy of the negative COVID-19 test. If this is not possible, then you may show proof of your negative test upon arrival at the event.

 

*Please note:  The COVID-19 pandemic and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's safety guidelines are ever-evolving.  All protocols are subject to change and will be updated on this page. For more information or questions, please contact BOF at Info@BerkshireOperaFestival.org

Last updated:  August 5, 2022

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