KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Folly Theater is the latest entertainment venue in Kansas City to announce new COVID-related requirements to attend shows.
The theater said guests must provide full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours to enter the building for public performances. You can provide a physical or digital copy and photo ID. Beyond the vaccine / test requirement, masks will always be required at all times inside the theater.
In a statement, the Folly Theater said at the moment it was unable to accommodate children under the age of 12.
The policy change is effective September 6 and will apply to all guests, staff, crew and volunteers.
The Folly isn’t the only place in Kansas City to make COVID-19 changes.
On Monday, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – which hosts performances for the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera – announced that it will also require proof of vaccination and masks when performances in person will start the next month.
Live entertainment company AEG Presents has said it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone who attends or works at one of its concerts, events or festivals. The policy will likely impact a number of shows at venues across the United States, including the Arvest Bank Theater in Midland in Kansas City.
Several other bars and restaurants in Kansas City have also announced that they will require proof of vaccination.
The Folly Theater is also adopting other COVID-19 policies as it prepares to welcome people back for live performances.
In the future, the theater will no longer provide tickets or printed programs. Paper tickets already issued will be scanned and all others will be digitally verified. The programs will be available on the theater’s website or via a QR code.
Bar service, concessions and water fountains will not be available at this time.
The Folly will thoroughly clean and disinfect all heavily affected surfaces before each performance. Hand disinfection stations will also be available throughout the building. The theater also installed a new HVAC system to improve air quality.
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