Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra requiring audience to be vaccinated or take negative COVID test
Musicians, administrative staff also fully vaccinated
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)– Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is implementing COVID-19 safety protocols that will require all audience members 12 and over to be fully vaccinated or have proof of a negative test taken within the previous 72 hours if the Lancaster County risk dial is orange. Currently the Lancaster County COVID-19 risk dial is mid-orange.
Every musician onstage (including conductors and guest artists) will be fully vaccinated, as will the entire administrative team. Staff members will wear masks at all times while assisting audience members in the concert hall.
In addition, LSO will be implementing an “Enhanced Safety Seating Zone” in order to accommodate patrons who have concerns about their personal risk level. This option is available for any ticket holder.
“Throughout the past 18 months, our musicians have overwhelmingly demonstrated their commitment to their art form, to this orchestra, and to this community,” Barbara Zach Lee, LSO Executive Director said. “They have participated in conversations about the innovations we undertook during the pandemic, and they were a vital part of the conversations about what safety precautions to implement going forward.”
Other protocols based on the Lancaster County COVID-19 Risk Dial include:
- Green: LSO welcomes audience members to a regular seating configuration, and encourages the wearing of masks.
- Yellow: LSO welcomes audience members to a regular main floor seating configuration, and requires that every audience member ages 12 and over provides proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test taken within the previous 72 hours, prior to being admitted to the venue. Audience members are encouraged to wear masks.
- Orange: LSO requires that every audience member ages 12 and over provides proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test taken within the previous 72 hours, prior to being admitted to the venue. Regular main floor seating configuration will be utilized, and every patron (regardless of age) is required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times while in the concert venue.
- Red: Dates and times will not change, but concerts will be offered as a live stream instead of an in-person event.