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The Grand Will Require Proof of Full Vaccination of Negative Test and Masks For Event Attendees and Staff

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The vaccination policy will go into effect immediately and will cover all public events within The Grand's footprint.

The Grand Will Require Proof of Full Vaccination of Negative Test and Masks For Event Attendees and Staff

The Grand Opera House, operator of three theaters on Wilmington's Market Street arts corridor, announced today that it will, for the time being, require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event for entry into its theaters. In addition, patrons, volunteers, and staff will be required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, unless they are actively eating or drinking. The decision was made after watching the dramatic surge of COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads through the United States and in consultation with other medical and industry professionals.

The vaccination policy will go into effect immediately and will cover all public events within The Grand's footprint (including performances by outside promoters). The first performance hosted at The Grand is comedian Brian Regan on September 26, 2021. By making this announcement now, The Grand is looking to provide as much time as possible for patrons to schedule an appointment for a vaccination or testing. "We owe our audiences, artists, volunteers, and staff a level of certainty and security," says Executive Director Mark Fields. "The implementation of these measures will better provide an atmosphere where we can focus ourselves on enjoying live entertainment again, and do so comfortably."

"Given the profound setbacks to artists and arts organizations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the performing arts industry remains one of the hardest hit, and is already showing signs of consumer hesitancy to attend indoor performances without added precautions," says Fields. "We realize this is a decision that may not be welcomed by all, but it is a decision that puts the health and safety of our patrons and artists in the forefront of our decision making in these uncertain times."

"We all hope that these increased precautions will be temporary," says Fields. "While we recognize that masking may be uncomfortable for some, the arts community cannot recover and thrive if artists and patrons feel unsafe."

This policy will be re-evaluated monthly based on local infection rates and in consultation with public health officials. The Grand is also enacting this policy with its staff, volunteers, and local crew members. FAQs are listed below and more information can be found at TheGrandWilmington.org/safety.


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