Safety Protocols

Vaccination & Mask Mandates for the 2021-22 Season

Vaccine and masking requirements will be in place for all performances. All ticket holders must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for entry (defined by the California Department of Public Health at this time as 14 days or more after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series, or 14 days or more after receiving a single-dose vaccine). Proof of vaccination consists of either your physical vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. All records must match your California ID. Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record on the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record site.

Ticket holders under 12 or those who need a reasonable accommodation for medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the venue. All artists, crew, and volunteers will need to adhere to these vaccine requirements.

Masks will be required at all times for all patrons and visitors regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces.

Ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to attend a performance at Soka PAC?
Yes! All ticket holders are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend all indoor performances and events. “Fully vaccinated” means your performance is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. To enter the theatre, please bring proof of vaccination, either your physical vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record as well as a government issued, photo ID that matches the vaccine card.

Those who are under age 12 and anyone without proof of being fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the theatre.

What does fully vaccinated mean?
It means you have received a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and the last dose of the vaccine has been administered at least 14 days before your performance date.

What if I can’t provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
Those who are under age 12 or those who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the theatre.

How do you define 3 days?
The 3-day period is the 3 days before the day of performance. For example, if your performance is at 1 pm on a Friday, you could attend with a negative PCR test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.

Will you accept a negative antigen test instead of PCR test?
Yes, providing that the ticket holder’s full name, the date and time that the test was taken appears on the printed or digital test results. Antigen tests must be taken within 6 hours of the performance. Self-attestation to rapid test results will not be accepted.

If vaccinated people can still get Covid and spread it, why are you not requiring negative Covid tests to everyone?
Since unvaccinated patrons are more likely to become infected and pass illness on to others, they are required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to joining our performances. Since vaccinated persons are one-third as likely to become ill from a COVID-19 close contact exposure, they are able to attend after passing entry symptom screening. Everyone is expected to follow our masking guidance regardless of vaccination status.

Do I need to wear a mask?
Masks are mandatory at all times for all persons regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces at Soka Performing Arts Center including during the entire performance.

What if I can’t wear a mask due to a medical exemption or accessibility concern?
We will allow those who require an accommodation around mask wearing to attend with two requirements. Provide a doctor’s note attesting exemption from mask wearing and you must wear a draped face shield instead of a mask.

What types of masks are accepted?
Cloth, surgical, or (K)N95 are acceptable. Gaiters, bandanas, or masks with an exhalation vent will not be allowed. For additional information, please see the CDC’s guide to masks for recommended face coverings.

A draped face shield is acceptable providing the ticket holder can provide a doctor’s note attesting exemption from mask wearing.

I’m bringing my 11 and under children who can’t get vaccinated. Do they need a test?
Yes, everyone entering the theatre who is not vaccinated, including children under age 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the theatre.

What if my child is too young and won’t wear a mask?
Masks will be required for all persons, in all indoor areas, except when actively eating or drinking. Per public health guidance, children age 2 and under are not required to wear a mask.

Will there be socially distanced seating and/or capacity limits?
We are currently selling tickets up to our full capacity for all performances. This means that there will not be physical distancing within the venue, and you will have people sitting directly next to, in front of, and behind you.

How far in advance of the performance start time should I arrive?
To ensure timely entry, please arrive early for your performance. Once you have entered, we ask that you continue swiftly and safely to your seat to avoid crowding in the lobby.

Why is Soka Performing Arts Center requiring vaccinations and masks?
With the severity of the current COVID-19 situation and Delta variant surge, we have determined that additional safety measures are important to keep everyone safe. Vaccinations and masks are the most effective tools that we have for the safety of all.

Will there be food and beverage offered at the performance?
At this time we are not planning to sell any food or beverage sold at the performance.

What should I do if I feel sick on the day of the performance?
If you or someone in your group doesn’t feel well, has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, please stay home. Contact our Box Office at 949-480-4278 for information about your ticket exchange options.

Are the artists and staff subject to the same policies?
All artists performing in the Center’s venues are required to be fully vaccinated. All staff working during the performance will be vaccinated and are required to wear a mask.

What if I am unwilling to comply with these new policies?
Performance ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted. See question about refunds

Will you offer a refund if I don’t want to/can’t comply with these policies?
Yes, you can request to exchange your tickets to a later date, put the value of your tickets on account as a credit for a future performance, or receive a refund.