Walton Arts Center to require vaccination or negative test

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Walton Arts Center will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test as a condition of entry to shows in September and October, officials announced on Wednesday.

The news comes just hours after officials from TheatreSquared announced a similar decision.

From the announcement:

All patrons age 12 and older are required to provide printed and dated proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR or antigen) test taken within 72 hours prior to entry or proof of full vaccination (final dose at least two weeks prior to the show) and matching identification to attend a show.

Children age 11 and younger can attend with printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.

In addition, all patrons will be required to wear a mask while inside Walton Arts Center. The measures will be in effect for all performances in September through at least October.

“Our goal is to allow all of our performances to continue in the safest possible environment,” said Peter Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “We believe this is the safest way to move forward for the first two months of our season. We all know that COVID-19 creates a very fluid situation, so we will continue monitoring industry guidance, local case numbers and vaccination rates and reevaluate before our November shows.”

Full-time staff, crew, and volunteers at Walton Arts Center are required to be vaccinated as well, and anyone working a show or working on site during show days regardless of vaccination status, must be tested. All staff, crew, and volunteers will be required to wear a mask on site as well, officials said.

Ticketholders who do not wish to comply with the protocols have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 to request a ticketing credit or refund. Refunds are not available for shows scheduled beyond October.

A full list of shows currently effected by the new requirements are below. For more info, contact the Walton Arts Center at 479-443-5600.

Walton Arts Center shows scheduled in September and October

Huntertones – Sept. 10
The Truth Has Changed – Oct. 7
Melissa Etheridge – Oct. 10
Joe Bonamassa – Oct. 19
Wild Ponies – Oct. 21
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – Oct. 22
Raj Suresh 4,000 Days – Oct. 23
Come From Away – Oct. 26-31