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Returning To Live Concerts? Here's What You Need To Know

courtesy: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
The Kauffman Center implemented a new COVID-19 policy this fall.

While it seems as though the pandemic subsided over the summer and that concert series would return to normal this fall, the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant and municipal mandates have prompted protocol changes for many venues in the Kansas City metropolitan area. If you’re thinking of returning to concert halls for live events this season, here’s what you need to know about major music venues' health and safety policies.

Kauffman Center

All patrons who enter the building to attend public performances must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Masks will also be required. This means that unvaccinated guests, staff, or volunteers as well as children under 12 will not be accommodated for events.

Some ensembles that hold their events at the Kauffman Center include the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, and the Harriman-Jewell Series.

For more information, visit the Kauffman Center’s Health and Safety portal.

Folly Theater

All individuals who enter the building to attend a public performance must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (within the last 48 hours), either by presenting a physical or digital copy along with a photo ID. Children under 12 and unvaccinated individuals are unable to be accommodated. Masks will also be required at all times while inside the building.

For more information, visit the Folly Theater’s Coronavirus FAQ page.

The 1900 Building

While the venue itself doesn’t have a COVID-19 policy, ensembles that perform in the space are upholding their individual policies as follows:

  • Kansas City Chorale: All patrons must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask for performances. Proof of vaccination can be submitted online in advance of concerts. Learn more on their website.
  • International Center for Music at Park University: Masks and social distancing are encouraged for events from the organization. For questions surrounding their COVID-19 policy, use the contact form on their website.
  • The Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City: All patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test collected no more than 72 hours prior to entry, along with their valid photo ID. Masks will be required at all times while inside the venue in compliance with city ordinance. Find more information on their website.

Midwest Trust Center

Facial coverings are required for all indoor spaces. For more information about Johnson County Community College’s COVID-19 policies you can visit their COVID-19 Resource page.

If you have questions about a specific ensemble's COVID-19 policy, you can find links to their websites on our Arts Partners page.

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