COVID-19 Policies

Updated August 31, 2021


In compliance with the Washington Ready re-opening plan and UW’s Environmental Health and Safety guidelines, these are the policies set forth by the University of Washington’s Office of Public Lectures (OPL).

OPL requires proof of vaccination* for entry to all performances on any of the UW campuses. Those individuals unable to be fully vaccinated, including children under 12, must have proof of a negative COVID PCR test (taken within 48 hours of the lecture). OPL staff and volunteers will check for proof of vaccination and negative COVID PCR tests at the doors as a condition of entry. Additionally, masking is required inside the venue. Patrons will be required to wear masks. Likewise, our staff and volunteers will be vaccinated and masked. As a reminder, there is to be no eating or drinking inside any of the UW auditoriums.

These policies are subject to revision as health and safety guidelines change. You will receive a pre-event email 48 hours prior to each event to confirm our most up-to-date policies. Individuals who do not comply with venue policies will not be admitted.

Our commitment to you:

  • Our lectures will continue in-person or online.
  • When permitted, our in-person events will also be available for viewing 24 hours after on our YouTube channel for those who would prefer to watch at home.
  • Please note: we are currently booking in-person lectures at full capacity.

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A patron vaccinated against COVID-19 by a two-dose CDC or WHO authorized* mRNA vaccine (such as Moderna and Pfizer), or a single dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson), is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the final dose of vaccine (the second dose for a two-dose regimen, or the single dose for a single-dose regimen). Documentation of vaccination status must be shown with valid I.D.** upon entry to the venue and available upon request at any time.


The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:

  • Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered)
  • a photo of a vaccination card as a separate document
  • a photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device
  • documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record.

Matching photo ID** required at the door

Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.



Patrons unable to be vaccinated, including children under 12, will be required to show proof of a negative Covid PCR test within 48 hours prior to the performance.

The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • Printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR
  • an email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory.
  • The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result (date of negative PCR test result must be within prior 48 hours).

Matching photo ID** required at the door

Antigen tests cannot be accepted. Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted.

There will be no separate sections for vaccinated/unvaccinated patrons.

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Masks will be required for all patrons, in all sections. Per public health guidance, children age 2 and under are not required to wear a mask.

*Vaccines that are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization meet the University’s vaccination requirement.

**In addition to providing proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test, guests 18 or older must present a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Guests younger than 18 may present a government-issued photo ID or a school photo ID as an alternative. Guests younger than 18 who do not have either a government-issued ID or school photo ID can only attend performances in the company of an adult who provides the required ID and vaccine documentation for themselves and can also provide documentation for the minor’s test results or vaccination verification.