Walton Arts Center to remove vaccination, negative test requirement for attendees

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Walton Arts Center officials on Tuesday announced they will remove their requirement for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test as a condition of attendance for performances at the venue beginning next week.

Masks will still be required of all attendees, officials said.

The revised protocols will go into effect with the A Conversation with Hasan Minhaj show, set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.

From the press release announcing the new policy.

Protocols have been updated in response to the downward trend of new cases along with the increasing percentage of vaccinations within the region. These protocols will remain in place for future performances, however they are subject to change based on public health guidelines or applicable laws.

Other safety measures will remain in place, officials said, including electrostatic fogging of public spaces before performances, enhanced air filtration, additional cleaning and sanitizing high-contact surfaces, cashless concessions, and others. All full-time staff at the facility are vaccinated, officials said, and crew, staff, and volunteers working any show are tested and masked regardless of their vaccination status.

The policy change is in line with a similar announcement from Walton Arts Center’s neighbor, TheatreSquared, from last week.

The WAC still has one show left under the former COVID-19 policy requiring vaccination or negative test as a condition for entry, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas performance of Mozart and Beethoven set for Nov. 5.

For more information about the revised policy, contact the box office at 479-443-5600.