COVID-19 Policies

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture has joined its parent organization, Mercyhurst University, and performing arts venues around the country to implement a safer return to full-capacity live indoor performances this fall by requiring all audience members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if they cannot be vaccinated, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, building another layer of protection onto the mask requirement introduced in early August.


  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • “Fully vaccinated” means that 14 days have passed since either the second shot of a CDC or WHO-approved two-shot vaccine or since the administration of a CDC or WHO-approved one-shot vaccine.
    • Audience members may display proof of vaccine on a smartphone or by showing a physical copy of the vaccination card or official vaccination record, along with a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Patrons with a medical condition that prevents vaccination will be required to provide proof of a negative test result from a PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theatre.
    • Audience members may display the test on a smartphone or by showing a physical copy of the test results, along with a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
    • The test must list the patron’s name, results, and a time stamp within 72 hours of the performance time.
    • Tests are available free of charge at local drugstores. More information is available on local or state Department of Health websites.
  • All audience members are required to wear face masks at all times while indoors, including while seated during the performance
  • Ticket holders who have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms are asked to remain at home and contact the box office to discuss flexible options for their tickets. 
  • Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the ticket purchaser to communicate these rules to whomever they may be providing tickets.
  • Ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted, and no refunds will be offered.
  • These protocols currently in place are subject to change in compliance with revisions to national and local guidelines regarding COVID-19.


In addition to the vaccine and mask requirements, MIAC has implemented the following safety measures:

  • Air Filtration. Our HVAC system, which brings in 20% fresh air, has an ACH rate of 1.7, and uses MERV 11 filters, is being monitored continuously.
  • Intermission. All performances are being presented without an intermission to avoid congestion in the aisles, lobby, and restrooms.
  • Cleaning Procedures. All high-touch surfaces such as door handles, handrails, and armrest surfaces are being sanitized frequently.
  • Contact Points. Mobile tickets, scanners, and digital playbills are being utilized to reduce the number of contact points.
  • Sanitizing Stations. Hand sanitizer stations are positioned throughout the space, including all building entrances and other high-traffic areas.
  • Employee Screenings. All employees are undergoing a self-screening before reporting to work and wearing personal protective equipment, including masks, face shields, and gloves.



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