The symphony made the announcement Monday in a press release. Attendees will also have to wear a mask inside the theater unless they are actively eating or drinking.
"As we all know, it's an ongoing unfolding situation, and our priority is to ensure the health and safety of everybody. Musicians, ushers, staff, and of course, our audiences," said Jeff vom Saal, Spokane Symphony Executive Director.
Vom Saal said that so far, the feedback on the decision has been positive.
"We just actually were on the phone with the folks from the Allman Betts band over the weekend, and they said, you know, they are all feeling the same way," vom Saal said. "They would like us to have these requirements in place, to have the vaccination requirement to keep everybody safe. Like I said a minute ago, our patrons are supportive of it. We think we're going to find more people that want to come out, not fewer."
All of this comes just weeks before the Spokane Symphony is set to start its performance season, which will welcome back concergoers in person.
"I'm lucky when I get to come in here and do things like this with with people. It's been a long time since people have been down here. I mean, it's been, in a way, sort of two years since we've had what we hope can be a regular season," vom Saal said.
Anyone over the age of 12 must show proof of full vaccination with an ID or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a healthcare provider. Self-administered or over-the-counter tests will not be accepted. Everyone over the age of 5 will be required to wear a mask.
From Aug. 28 to Oct. 1, concertgoers at the U.S. Pavilion will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 72 hours of the event.
Then on Oct. 1, they will require proof of vaccination for entry into Spokane Pavilion Concerts at Riverfront. The date was chosen specifically to allow time for any eligible unvaccinated ticketholders and staff to reach fully vaccinated status should they choose to do so.
If anyone is unable to provide the documentation, or if they do not have the ability to provide a test result taken within the 72-hour window, they may request a refund from the original point of purchase until the event start time or Sept. 4, whichever comes first.
In the press release symphony leaders said they determine their own COVID-19 requirements for the orchestra concerts and “Fox Presents” events. Outside promoters and presenters rent the theater too and their health policies for concerts and events may differ from the Spokane Symphony’s.
The Spokane Symphony has two free Labor Day weekend concerts, one in Liberty Lake and one ay Riverfront Park. These concerts mark the first time the whole orchestra has played together since March 7, 2020.
For more information on upcoming events at The Fox, visit their website.