Bushnell Theater requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test; masks required regardless of vaccination status


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Visitors to the Bushnell Theater in Hartford will now need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to see a show in the venue.

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“We are thrilled to welcome back audiences for the return of live performance at The Bushnell. Because creating a healthy and safe environment for our patrons, volunteers, staff, crew, and artists is our number one priority, we are implementing the following policies:”

  • Patrons will need to be fully vaccinated… in order to be permitted to attend events at The Bushnell. Proof of vaccination, along with an acceptable form of ID, 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.
  • Patrons may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy.
  • The government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, is required by all patrons 18 years and older. Patrons younger than 18 may use a government-issued photo ID or school photo ID. Patrons under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.
  • The only exceptions are: patrons under the age of 12, who must be accompanied by an adult that meets the above vaccination requirements; or patrons who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief.
  • Patrons who are not able to be vaccinated… must provide, instead of evidence of vaccination, proof of one of the following: negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance start time, or negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time. 

Masks are also required in the venue regardless of vaccination status, except when eating and drinking in designated areas.

Stephanie Fried, Associate VP of CRM and Marketing at the Bushnell told News 8, “The two main points of today’s announcement are vaccination, proof of vaccination being required, and more on that in a second. And, that everyone, regardless of vaccination status is required to wear a mask when they’re in the building…We’ve had a handful of private events this past summer. But, really for the past, what is it now, 17 months we’ve been shuttered largely.”

For more information on the Bushnell’s policies visit their website.

“We have not been able to do what we are known for, which are those live performances on our stages. We are thrilled that as of right now, we will be opening on Sept. 11,” Fried added.

The above policies apply to all live performances and events at The Bushnell through Oct. 31, 2021.

For more information about COVID-19 in our community, visit the Hartford County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Connecticut government websites.

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