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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Beginning Tuesday, November 16, 2021, in order to attend an in-theatre* performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts audience members must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. This change is occurring in response to increasingly strict contractual requirements of visiting artists, evolving performing arts industry standards, and audience expectations. At the request of Champaign Urbana Ballet to address issues faced by families trying to obtain testing for young children during working/school hours, no proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 testing will be required of any audience member for The Nutcracker.

Proof of Vaccination Status or Negative COVID-19 Test Result 

  • For all audience members ages two and older, printed or digital proof must be presented showing full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.
    • As a guideline, unless an event is specifically designed for very young children, Krannert Center does not recommend bringing children under two into the theatre. For ticketed events, all guests, regardless of age, must have a ticket. These considerations are particularly important during pandemic conditions, as mask-wearing is not recommended for children under two.
  • All audience members must check in at a lobby station in order to receive a wristband that, with their ticket, allows them entry into the theatre.
  • University of Illinois students, staff, and faculty can use the Safer Illinois app or Boarding Pass showing access “Granted” status in order to get their wristband.
  • Audience members who are not university students or employees but are fully vaccinated should bring a photo ID and either their actual vaccination card, a photocopy of the card, or a picture of the card in order to get their wristband.
    • Clearly visible should be the audience member’s name and the dates of first and second dose (or first dose, if Johnson & Johnson).
    • Name on the vaccine card must match the name on the photo ID.
    • Full vaccination requires that the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.
    • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will accept the Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccine or other COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO)
    • People ages 18 and under will not be required to show a photo ID if accompanied by an adult.
  • Audience members who are not university students or employees and cannot provide proof of vaccination should bring a photo ID and either a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. No home tests will be accepted.
    • Clearly visible should be the audience member’s name and the date the test was administered, date the test was processed, type of test, and result of the test. Name on the test result must match the name on the photo ID.
    • People ages 18 and under will not be required to show a photo ID if accompanied by an adult.

Guests should arrive early to allow for screening to take place prior to the start of the performance. You will need to verify your vaccination/negative test status and get a wristband issued to allow for entry into your event. Screening is available from 90 minutes before to 30 minutes after the performance start time. If you arrive later than 30 minutes after the performance start time, you cannot be admitted to the theatre. You must show proof of vaccination or recent negative test each separate day you attend a performance.

No testing opportunities will be available for event attendees on site. Prior to arrival, guests should have their negative COVID-19 results completed and in hand. Testing information can be found at https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-testing.html. The Marketplace Mall testing center is open to anyone of any age. SHIELD CU testing centers are open to anyone age 5 or older. No appointment is required.

If you cannot provide proof of vaccination or a recent, negative COVID-19 test, you will not be allowed to attend in-theatre* events at Krannert Center for Performing Arts. We will be happy to provide a refund to anyone who cannot be admitted to the theatre. Please contact the Ticket Office at 217.333.6280 (kran-tix [at] illinois.edu) 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday if you have any questions.

All Krannert Center employees working performances are required to follow the same protocols as audience members. 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. Face coverings must be worn throughout any event or performance. All audience members must wear a face covering throughout any in-theatre* event or performance. Because children under the age of two are not able to do so safely, they will not be admitted to in-theatre* events or performances.

In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing. Face coverings should only be removed when you are actively eating or drinking at Stage 5 Bar (open evenings) or Intermezzo cafe (open daytimes). We kindly ask that food and beverage not be taken into the theatre and that while standing in line with others you refrain from unmasking to eat or drink. 

Ventilation and Air Filtration 

The air handling systems in Krannert Center have been reviewed, and are providing mechanical ventilation in accordance with ASHRAE 62.1 and CDC recommendations for HVAC operation during the pandemic. Filters have been upgraded to MERV-13, which is very close to HEPA filtration. Standard filtration in households ranges between MERV-4 to MERV-13. In general, under normal operation all spaces in Krannert Center including the lobby and theatres have a complete air exchange every 15 minutes (+/- 10 minutes) based on the mode of operation (heating versus cooling). 

Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout Krannert Center. Our facility is cleaned daily by a dedicated building operations team.

If you feel unwell or have been instructed to isolate or quarantine, please stay home, take care, and contact the Ticket Office at 217.333.6280 or kran-tix [at] illinois.edu before or on the day of your performance to receive a full credit for your tickets or to return them as a contribution to Krannert Center. We hope you feel better soon! 

For information about COVID-19 resources in Champaign County, please visit the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. 

Before your visit, please review Krannert Center’s Visitor Code of Conduct.

Questions 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 217.333.6700 or krannertcenter [at] illinois.edu; we will be happy to help you. Thank you for your support of Krannert Center and your cooperation as we work to make gathering as safe as possible.
 

*These theatres are Foellinger Great Hall, Tryon Festival Theatre, Colwell Playhouse, and Studio Theatre. Vaccination/test checks are not required to be in Krannert Center’s lobby, at Intermezzo cafe or Stage 5 Bar, or in the outdoor Amphitheatre. Vaccination/test checks are not required to attend University of Illinois Commencement ceremonies.