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.
ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL (PORTLAND)
Beginning with the launch of the 2021/22 Season, the Oregon Symphony will return to full audience capacity for live performances inside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
The Oregon Symphony, in consultation with the Multnomah County Department of Health, has undertaken modifications to comply with current health and safety guidance. Additionally, the Oregon Symphony will require upon entry to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall a proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, to attend concerts and events. Full vaccination is defined as completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered two weeks or more in advance of the concert or event. A negative COVID-19 test must be taken not more than 72 hours before the concert or event.
Also, in accordance with health and safety guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority/Public Health Division, a face covering is required for entry into the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Face coverings must completely cover nose and mouth and have ear loops, or similar, to hold in place. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. Face coverings must be worn at all times except while eating, drinking, or taking oral medications for brief periods. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking – masks must be worn between bites and sips.
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.
SMITH AUDITORIUM LOCATED ON THE WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS (SALEM)
For concerts at Smith Auditorium during the 2021/22 Season, the Oregon Symphony in Salem will implement similar health and safety policies as those mentioned for Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (see above). Upon entry to the Auditorium, a proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and face covering, will be required to attend Oregon Symphony concerts and events.
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.