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Patron Safety

The health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. The Oregon Symphony is committed to ensuring that you have an exceptional concert experience with policies and procedures for a safe environment for all.

This page will be updated with current audience health and safety policy changes as they arise.

Updated May 4, 2022


Beginning with the launch of the 2021/22 Season the Oregon Symphony returned to full audience capacity for live performances inside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Smith Auditorium.

The Oregon Symphony is ending the requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for entry into concerts and events that take place at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland and Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem. The vaccination policy will no longer be in effect for the remainder of the 2021/22 Season beginning with the concert, An African American Requiem, which takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Although the Oregon Symphony’s mandatory vaccine verification requirement is ending, COVID-19 cases remain elevated and preventive measures are recommended.  A face covering will continue to be required for entry into the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Smith Auditorium and must be worn at all times for all Oregon Symphony concerts and events (children under 5 years of age are not required to wear a mask).

Our partners at Portland’5, Oregon Metro’s Performing Arts Center, who manage the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, announced that the Hall is Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Certified. This means that the facility has established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious diseases prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like COVID-19. This prevention program template has become the GBAC- recommendation for performing arts centers across the U.S. In addition, Portland’5 has installed MERV 13 air filters in all air handlers. As a result, outdoor fresh air flow can be maximized as much as possible in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidelines while keeping the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at healthy and comfortable temperatures.

Willamette University has announced that the filters in Smith Auditorium will be updated to MERV 13. The Auditorium is capable of 100% outside air (economization) that travels through the filter banks.


We recognize that, even with safety measures, some patrons may not feel comfortable attending in person, and we are committed to bringing music to you wherever you are. Learn more about watching livestreamed Oregon Symphony concerts at orsymphony.org/livestream.