COVID-19 Protocols

All guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, will be required to wear masks while inside the theater building.

For everyone’s safety, no child under the age of 5 will be allowed to enter our venues.

  • 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 a minimum of 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 June 1, 2022.