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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.

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.

  • Proof of VaccinationPatrons must bring an electronic, photo, or paper copy of their full vaccination card with them to the concert along with a valid driver’s license or other government issued ID matching the name on the vaccination card.
  • COVID-19 Test ResultPatrons must bring an electronic, photo, or paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result. Please note that test result documentation must be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test along with a valid driver’s license or other government issued ID matching the name on the COVID-19 test result.

Those under 18 years of age who do not have a school photo ID must be accompanied by an adult who meets the vaccination or COVID test requirements. Children under age 12 must also provide a negative test result. A negative COVID-19 PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. 

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.

In accordance with Willamette University’s health and safety guidelines, Oregon Symphony concerts and events at Smith Auditorium and other locations on the Willamette campus during the 2021/22 Season will require proof of full vaccination, along with a valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID. A face covering is required for entry to the Auditorium and must be worn at all times. COVID-19 tests will not be accepted. Because children under 12 are unable to be vaccinated, they will not be permitted at this time.

Willamette University has updated the air filters in Smith Auditorium 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.