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OSF lifts mask mandate on audiences

“Once on this Island” is one of three plays currently on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which recently lifted its mask mandate on audience members. Photo by Jenny Graham
Vaccination requirement remains in place

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has lifted its mask requirement for audience members as of Sunday, although play-goers still have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter its theaters.

OSF announced it will follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and require masks only when Jackson County is at high risk for COVID-19.

At low or medium levels, masks will be encouraged but not required. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask if they wish, OSF said.

People can check current risk levels in counties across the nation by visiting www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html.

The rate of COVID-19 cases in Jackson County is currently low, according to the CDC.

Oregon, Washington and California state governments lifted their mask mandates for indoor spaces in March.

At OSF theater doors, all audience members — including children — must show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination that was finished at least 14 days before a performance date. People who are eligible for a booster must have received a booster, OSF said.

People with questions about whether they need to provide proof of a booster shot can contact the box office at boxoffice@osfashland.org or 1-800-219-8161.

Alternately, audience members can show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours of a performance, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within six hours of a performance, OSF said.

A photocopy or digital photo of the test result is sufficient, OSF said.

All audience members 16 and older must also present a photo identification or a school identification.

“To help get through the line faster, we suggest taking a moment in advance to bundle your IDs and vaccination/test information together,” OSF said in a press release.

OSF said its concession stands in theaters will remain closed in April and May, but it’s working to have them open in June. Audience members can bring in a water bottle.

OSF will post updates about its COVID-19 safety rules at www.osfashland.org/safety.