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We are so excited to bring artists and audiences back together in Ars Nova’s physical spaces. As we return to being in community together in-person, safety is a top priority. We’ve outlined below some of the key protocols for gathering safely at Ars Nova and the commitments we are making to our audiences and artists, and that we are asking audiences to make to each other. We will continue to follow the latest updates, and these policies are subject to change as we learn more. We will keep this page updated, and alert ticket holders of active policies for the shows they are attending. Contact us at with any specific questions or concerns.

Ars Nova will require proof of full vaccination for all artists, staff and audience members for all performances and events through the end of our 2021-2022 season. Full vaccination means that the performance date you are attending is at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after your single-dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine with boosters strongly recommended for those eligible. Accepted documents for full vaccination include a CDC vaccine card, a photo of your CDC vaccine card, New York City’s Key to NYC Pass or New York State’s Excelsior Pass. In addition to proof of vaccination, a government-issued ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport) must be presented upon entry. Proof of vaccination and ID will be checked outside the building before entering the venue.

Masks and/or CDC-recommended face coverings will be required for audiences and staff inside the theater at all times and must be worn over the mouth and nose. N95, KN95, or equivalent masks are strongly advised. Masks will be provided to any audience member who needs one.

Seating will not be socially distanced in the theater. All shows at The Ars Nova Hub are general admission, so you’ll be able to decide where in the theater you sit. All shows at Ars Nova at Greenwhich House are reserved seating and allow you to choose your seats in advance.

The HVAC system at the Ars Nova Hub is equipped with hospital-grade MERV-13 filters, and HEPA-filter air purifiers are used throughout high-traffic areas of the building. Our public spaces are deep cleaned each morning, and high-touch areas of the lobby, bathrooms and theater will be disinfected before and after each performance.

At this time, despite the changes to Key2NYC, productions are forced to pause or close when a member of the production team receives a positive diagnosis. Additionally, current union rules regarding workplace safety require audiences to be fully vaccinated and masked if they are to be within 6 feet of an unmasked performer. With this in mind, it is of the utmost importance to us to mitigate the risk and spread of infection in our theaters. However, we also recognize that vaccination requirements create an additional barrier to entry to the theater, including to marginalized communities that may have a warranted mistrust in our medical and government institutions that have exploited them in the past. Creating spaces that are accessible and inclusive is a necessary and vital component of our work, which is one core reason we will continue to prioritize digital access to performances at Ars Nova through Ars Nova Supra.

Stay home if you aren’t feeling well! If you cannot attend the show due to illness, email with your full name and the performance date and time in the subject line and we’ll be happy to help you find another performance to attend. If you are unable to reschedule, we can refund your ticket.

Walk-up tickets will be available to purchase day-of in the Ars Nova lobby starting 30 minutes before the listed show time, if capacity allows. However, capacity is limited so we strongly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time.


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