COVID-19 Protocols

  • All adult guests, age 18 and above are required to show a government-issued photo ID (except if you have a PU ID) and proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering McCarter. To be fully vaccinated requires two doses and a two-week period following the second dose (one dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

  • If you have a medical or religious exemption to vaccination, you MUST provide a negative PCR test taken within 36 hours of the performance time or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance time.
  • If you are attending with a child age 5 or older, they MUST show proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 36 hours of the performance time or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance time. In addition, each child is required to show proof of identification using one of the following:
    • school-issued picture ID
    • birth certificate
    • passport
  • For everyone’s safety, no child under the age of 5 will be allowed to enter our venues.
  • For COVID testing, we can only accept tests administered by a site that provides verifiable documentation of the results.
  • Any patron, regardless of age or status, who does not comply with the proper proof of photo ID, vaccination, and/or negative test results will NOT be allowed in the theater and the cost of their ticket will be refunded.
  • All guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, will be required to wear masks while inside the theater building.
  • We are asking artists, audiences, staff, and volunteers to monitor their health and stay home if they are exhibiting any Covid and/or flu-like symptoms. By entering the theater, you are agreeing that you are not sick and have not had direct contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 10 days or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19. It is essential that you do not attend the show if you are unwell.
  • We ask all patrons to keep their personal belongings with them at all times. Please note: Coat check is not available at this time.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the theaters.
  • Contactless scanning of theater tickets is available at each venue.
  • We encourage electronic payment for any onsite purchases.
  • Assistive listening devices will be cleaned with minimum 70% isopropyl alcohol between uses.

Despite our best efforts, we cannot absolutely guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 while attending an event at McCarter. Please be aware that the risk of such exposure exists in any public place or large gathering. According to the CDC, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable to this disease. Please take this into consideration before buying tickets. By visiting McCarter, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


These policies were developed in consultation with McCarter leaders and a variety of experts including our Labor and Employment Attorneys - Stark and Stark; the attorney for the League of Resident Theatres; the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force; the NJ Theatre Alliance; and the Theatre Communications Group.  Our policies are also based on current guidance from the CDC and the State of NJ Department of Health.



Staff from McCarter Theatre Center have participated in collective efforts towards reopening in committee meetings convened by New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and guided by their medical consultant, Dr. Stuart Weiss. 25+ arts organizations across the state will be joining McCarter and NJTA with similar vaccination and mask policies. To learn more about NJTA's reopening campaign, Opening, Night, Opening Right, and to take your Theatre Lover's Pledge for Safety, please visit or

Opening Night, Opening Right

Updated as of April 26, 2022.