Artis—Naples is ratcheting up COVID-19 protection among its patrons, and it distills this way:
If you’re can’t show an accepted negative COVID test or proof of vaccination, you’re not coming in.
The policy begins Monday, Nov. 1, so it will not apply to ticketholders coming to the opening Masterworks Series concerts Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30, or to weekend museum visitors.
A news release issued Thursday morning, Oct. 28, noted that all performing Naples Philharmonic musicians and guest artists as well as staff members and volunteers interacting with the public are fully vaccinated. Its interest in public safety, according to the news release, has formed the decision to create new policies, which are more specific than current policies.
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The Baker Museum is closed Mondays. So the first application will be to museum-goers when The Baker Museum opens Tuesday, Nov. 2, and concertgoers attending the Naples Philharmonic’s opening Rodgers & Hammerstein concert that night.
Here are the policy mandates:
Negative test or vaccination: Guests ages 12 and over must provide proof of a professionally administered negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior to the performance date or a professionally administered COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the performance date.
In lieu of that, voluntary proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be presented.
In all cases, a valid matching photo ID must also be presented.
Masks: Masks are optional for many events, but strongly encouraged for all patrons ages 12 and over and required for children between the ages of 2 and 11.
Masks are required for the entire audience for the touring Broadway productions of “Come From Away” and “Tootsie.” Protocols for all other Broadway productions will be announced at a later date.
Some other events may have stronger safety requirements. Artis—Naples will email ticketholders if those are needed.
Masks are required for all on Community Day, Saturday, Nov. 13, but a negative COVID-19 test will not be required.
Prior knowledge responsibility: The policy advises ticket buyers and holders they have the responsibility to communicate the policies to whomever they’re providing tickets.
What’s acceptable proof of testing?
Test results from a lab with confirmation of results, including date, time and name matching the ID of the ticket holder.
Artis—Naples will not accept the following as proof of a negative COVID-19 test:
- At-home tests, for example, Binax at-home tests
- Rapid tests brought to the venue that are to be performed onsite
- Antibody tests
- Test results outside of the required window of time, 72 hours
- Proof of a professionally administered negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior to the performance date
- Proof of a professionally administered negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the performance date
What’s acceptable proof of vaccination?
A CDC vaccination card showing full vaccination at least 14 days prior to performance date. Proof of full vaccination means that the last vaccination.
If the dose is from a two-dose vaccination series, full vaccination status is not met until 14 days after the second dose. The person can still bring an accepted negative COVID test (see the requirements above) for admission, however.
Do I have to keep my vaccination card with me?
Photos and printouts will be accepted for the documentation. Those must be presented. Artis—Naples will not keep or maintain a record of submitted documents.
Proof of a professionally administered negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the performance date.
Photos and printouts will be accepted for all of the above documentation.
I’m not going to make the time limits for a test or vaccination. What do I do?
All patrons will be allowed to exchange their tickets with two hours’ notice if they purchased them before the Nov. 1 effective date of this policy. Those who did have until Nov. 30 to return them. Refunds are available if requests are made before the event or by Nov. 30, whichever is earlier. Call 239-597-1900 or email email@example.com.
Refunds also are available for anyone who submits confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test result in the 10-day period prior to the performance.
Where can I direct people to see the full policy?
Visit artisnaples.org/coronavirus for more information.
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com. Reach her at 239-213-6091.