RBTL updating vaccine mandate to include all kids 5 and up

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Broadway Theatre League is expanding its vaccine mandate to include any patron age five or older. That goes into effect on Feb. 14.

The rules will remain the same for all performances before that deadline. RBTL has been requiring the vaccine for anyone 12 and up since the fall.

People are not considered fully vaccinated by the RBTL until 14 days after the second dose. You’ll need to provide proof of that vaccination before getting into any performances at the Auditorium Theatre. That can be done with a physical vaccination card, the Excelsior Pass, or a digital proof of vaccination from outside of New York.

All kids between 2 and 4 years old can still attend as long as they are with a vaccinated adult.

“We’ve had 30,000 people come through here since August and are really pleased to announce it’s going so great and our audiences are to thank for that because they’ve been really open and responsive to the protocols that we’ve put in place,” said Linda Glosser, executive vice president at RBTL.

Prior to opening for the season, the venue made some changes and upgrades to accommodate the ever-evolving virus.

“We’ve installed lots of individual filtration units around the building, which will help turnover air and provide for a safer environment. We’ve been able to replace existing faucets and fixtures with touchless features. People will experience a touchless experience when they come in the building, from having their COVID cards checked, to scanning their ticket, to walking through our security checkpoints,” Glosser added.

Everyone is still required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.