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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

As the state and university prepare for upcoming changes to COVID-19 safety protocols, Krannert Center and the Performing Arts at Illinois have reviewed visiting artist agreements, needs of the student artists learning and performing at the Center, performing arts industry standards, and audience and volunteer preferences. Taking into account these multiple perspectives, Krannert Center will maintain its current COVID-19 safety protocols for in-theatre performances. Mask-wearing will continue to be required for audience members throughout performances, and audience members must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, with a photo ID. Please see details below. All Krannert Center employees and volunteers working performances are required to follow the same protocols as audience members. 

At this time, we anticipate that these requirements will remain in place through the semester’s final performance on May 4, 2022. (These requirements do not apply to University of Illinois Commencements.) We will continue to monitor conditions and make changes if and when appropriate. The students, staff, and faculty of Krannert Center and the Performing Arts at Illinois thank all those who continue to work to come together safely in celebration of the arts.


    In order to attend an in-theatre* performance at Krannert Center every audience member must bring proof of one of these three things and a photo ID. (Audience members over age 18 must show photo ID. People ages 18 and under will not be required to show a photo ID if accompanied by an adult.)

    1. full vaccination

    2. negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time  
    3. negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the event start time

    How to Show Proof of Vaccination Status or Negative COVID-19 Test Result 

    • When you arrive, please check in at a lobby station in order to receive a wristband that must be shown along with your ticket to enter the theatre.
    • University of Illinois students, staff, and faculty can use the Illinois app or Boarding Pass showing access “Granted” status in order to get a wristband.
    • Audience members who are not University of Illinois 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 a 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 in order to enter the theatre. 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. 

    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! 

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

    Face Coverings

    Face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. 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.

    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. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.

    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.

    Questions 

    For information about COVID-19 resources in Champaign County, please visit the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. If you have questions or concerns about your Krannert Center experience, please contact the Center 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.