A group of more than 10 prominent theaters in the Washington, D.C., area is banding together to require COVID-19 vaccinations for audience members at all performances.
The theaters announced the effort Thursday.
Among the performing arts centers joining the vaccination partnership are the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Constellation Theatre Company, Synetic Theater, Theater J and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
"These organizations are committed to the safety of all who work, perform, and visit our venues, and invite audiences to join in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19," a notice to patrons said.
The vaccination requirement will be in place through December, and face masks will also be required for audience members, the theaters said.
Children under the age of 12 who are currently unable to get vaccinated, as well as "patrons who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a sincerely held religious belief," will be exempt from the policy.
Those audience members will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they're permitted to enter the theaters.
The move from D.C.'s theater community comes days after New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioFirst NYC safe havens for drug use cleared to open, de Blasio says The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it NYC officials recommend masks indoors, but won't reimpose mandates MORE (D) announced that proof of vaccination would be required for all workers and customers to participate in indoor activities there, including at cinemas and theaters.