Metro and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts will require audiences to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours for admission to events.
Portland’5 Centers for the Arts welcome audiences of all ages, including those 12 and younger who cannot yet be vaccinated. As an added protection to the community all five theaters will also require that all employees and guests wear masks indoors.
“Being able to gather as a community is vitally important. So is our community’s health,” said Metro Council President Lynn Peterson. “That’s why we’ll be using these two layers of requiring proof of vaccination status or a negative test, plus a requirement for masks inside our venues, to try to offer a safe environment for people to celebrate the arts in our community.”
Portland’5 Centers for the Arts will continue to follow Metro, Multnomah County, state, and health official guidance for all events. Local arts organizations showed support for the decision. The theaters are also prepared to implement additional measures at the request of performers, theater companies and other performing arts groups. Metro and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts also met with community members to understand concerns and answer questions.
The City of Portland owns the Portland’5 Center for the Arts facilities which includes the Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Antoinette Hatfield Hall which houses the Brunish, Winningstad, and Newmark theatres. Metro manages the operations of the five theaters.