Aurora Theatre Company COVID-19 Safety Policy

Aurora Theatre Company is committed to safely reopening, and is taking measures to protect our artists, staff, and patron community. We recognize inequalities in access, medical conditions that may prohibit receiving a vaccine, and hesitation caused by historical trauma inflicted by the medical establishment. We also recognize that the available evidence indicates that current vaccines are both highly effective and safe, and we encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated. In addition to complying with all City of Berkeley, County, State, and Federal guidelines, we are taking the following steps to increase safety for all as we welcome you back into our space.

  • We require that all audience members and Aurora Theatre Company employees have either completed their vaccination against COVID-19, or if they have a medical or religious exemption that they have had a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.

    • COVID-19 vaccinations are free and widely available; information here.

    • The City of Berkeley is offering free COVID testing; information here.

    • All patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination (physical vaccination card or digital record), or of a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours, along with matching photo ID, at the door. Please plan to arrive early to allow extra time for this requirement.

  • We will be enforcing a strict mask mandate for audience members and staff, other than the actors while they are performing. The performance will be interrupted if an audience member removes their mask inside the theater.

  • Regardless of vaccination status, staff and audience members who are displaying any symptoms of illness, who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, are required to stay home.


Please note that these policies are subject to change.


  • Daily sanitization with an electrostatically applied, CDC approved, cleaning solution of all seating and common areas.

  • Increased daily janitorial support including daily handwiping of all high touch surfaces.

  • A deep cleaning of our HVAC system, increasing safe Outside Air mixtures, and use of HEPA (MERV 13) filters.

  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations in public areas for easy hand washing

  • Opening the house earlier, reconfiguring lobby seating, and opening the upstairs Dashow Wing to allow for additional restrooms and distancing prior to the beginning of the performance.

  • Modified Box Office procedures, including reconfiguring access, adding an additional window, and minimal-contact methods of payment and ticket handling.

  • Concessions, other than water, will be temporarily suspended. 

  • Children under 12 who are ineligible for vaccination must show a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours. (Note that Aurora Theatre Company’s programming is not intended for children).


Please note that due to the intimacy of our space, social distancing inside the theater and lobby is not possible. Audiences will be attending performances at their own risk; Aurora Theatre Company cannot guarantee that all patrons will be vaccinated and assumes no responsibility for the possibility of COVID-19 transmission at our theater.

While we are excited to be back together with you, there is still a possibility that programming and performance dates may be affected by local health orders, or changing health situations. In the event of any changes, ticketholders will be notified as quickly as possible. Aurora Theatre Company is the storyteller for our community. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we look forward to safely resuming live performances.

Anyone turned away at the door is welcome to exchange their tickets for another performance. Subject to availability.