ASHLAND, Ore. -- New York City will become the first major U.S. city to require proof of Covid vaccination for customers and staff at indoor businesses including entertainment venues.
In the Rogue Valley, changes are also coming in all directions after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its most recent mask guidance.
Starting on Wednesday August 4, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will require all audience members to wear masks during performances in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
Though social distancing is not being enforced, the Box Office is also going to assign seats to guests. This is the same day local singer Phoenix and his band Four Directions appear as part of OSF’s summer concert series.
David Schmitz, the Executive Director at OSF told Newswatch 12, “That was another reason that we felt like we had to go back to masking, because we're not going back to social distancing.”
For upcoming performances and summer concerts, those attending must present proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test in addition to wearing a mask.
For continued updates on OSF’s Covid protocols visit its website https://www.osfashland.org/.