News: The Théâtre de l’Hippodrome announces compulsory vaccination at the Center France-Merrick des Arts du Spectacle



Hippodrome Theater. SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons Teda13

The Théâtre de l’Hippodrome announces the vaccination obligation for all guests eligible for the vaccine at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center; Children 11 and under will not need proof of a negative test; all guests will need a face mask.

After months of preparation and planning for the return of in-person events, the Hippodrome presents additional layers of defense against COVID-19.

BALTIMORE (Sep 02, 2021) – The Hippodrome Theater announced today that vaccine-eligible guests aged 12 and over attending any performance at the historic venue will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Children 11 and under will not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. In addition, all guests are required to wear a face mask that securely covers their mouth and nose in the venue (except when actively eating or drinking in designated areas).

Persons 12 years of age or older who require accommodation for the vaccine requirement due to a medical reason or sincere religious belief that precludes vaccination may present evidence of a negative PCR test performed in 72 hours prior to the event or a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to the event. The vaccination policy for all theater events will begin on September 2, 2021 and is currently expected to continue until December 31, 2021. Health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data with the public. health and government orientations.

“The health and safety of all who enter our historic theater is of the utmost importance and concern,” said Ron Legler, President of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, headquarters of the Hippodrome Theater. “As we continue to monitor the current status and national data, we want to do as much as possible to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. Following the lead of indoor venues, Legler said many venues across the country have recently extended their vaccination policies beyond performers and backstage crews to include the public.

To attend a performance at the theater, all ticket holders must meet the following conditions:

  • A guest is considered fully vaccinated, with a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO, which means their last dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to attending the event.
  • The vaccinated guest must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination with a physical vaccination card, or photograph of the card, or a digital vaccination record stored on a phone or electronic device. The proof should include the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccine and the date of the last dose given.
  • Children 11 and under will not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • All guests must wear a face mask that securely covers their nose and mouth.
  • A corresponding photo ID is required along with a valid ticket for the event. Guests under 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with appropriate ID.
  • Guests 12 years of age and older who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or sincere religious belief must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance or a test. negative COVID-19 antigen performed within 24 hours of performance.
  • Self-reported vaccinations or negative test results not verified by a third-party health care provider are not acceptable.
  • Unless otherwise specified, children under two years of age, including infants in arms, are not permitted in the theater.

Current ticket holders will be notified of the policies via email this week and again in pre-show emails, and should contact their point of sale to discuss options. Posters will be placed at all entrances.

The Hippodrome also recommends that guests refrain from attending an event if they are feeling unwell, showing symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19. To schedule a free COVID-19 vaccination, please visit for the latest programming information.

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In addition to the vaccination and mask requirements, the Hippodrome has implemented the following theater health and safety updates:

  • Increased filtering and intake of fresh air throughout the theater
  • Installation of contactless security systems at entrances
  • Contactless ticket scanners installed
  • Touchless sinks and toilets installed in all toilets
  • Hand disinfection stations have been installed throughout the building
  • Increased routine cleaning and sanitation throughout the building
  • All staff at staffing events are vaccinated and masked

As previously indicated by the Hippodrome, in the event of additional changes, ticket holders will be informed via their point of sale and on the Hippodrome website.

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Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes, The Broadway Channel, and Group Sales Box Office. Led by 14-time Tony-winner theater producer John Gore (owner and CEO), BAA is North America’s leading presenter of first-class touring productions, operating in 48 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and Kill a mockingbird.

The John Gore Organization is the leading developer, producer, distributor and distributor of Broadway theater in the world. Under the direction of 14-time Tony Award-winning producer and theater owner John Gore, his family of businesses includes Broadway Across America,, The Broadway Channel, and Group Sales Box Office. The company presents shows in 48 cities across North America as well as on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Japan and China. He has won Tony Awards in all production categories as well as numerous other Drama League, Drama Desk and Olivier awards.

About the Hippodrome Broadway series:
The Hippodrome Broadway series is presented in partnership with THE HIPPODROME FOUNDATION. The Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1976. Formerly known as the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA), the foundation was established to present live theater at Morris A. Mechanical Theater. Over the years, HFI has become his current incarnation as the greatest Broadway presenter in Maryland, working in partnership with Broadway Across America to put on the best shows possible.

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