Arts Council updates COVID-19 policy 

Published 11:24 am Monday, August 23, 2021

Patrons required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for events

WINSTON-SALEM — As local COVID cases reach the highest level since winter, Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is taking precautionary steps to support the overall well-being of our arts and cultural sector.

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 30, and until further notice, all patrons attending performances and special events on Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County’s campus must present full proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR lab test result from 48 hours prior to the scheduled event you wish to attend. Arts Council campus venues include Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts’ Reynolds Place Theatre, Mountcastle Theatre, and galleries — as well as HanesBrands Theatre. Additionally, Arts Council is requiring all staff and volunteers, as well as performers and production team members to be fully vaccinated. Sawtooth School for Visual Art will maintain its own set of policies for students, staff and visitors.

“We are committed to doing our part to protect our community from the further spread of COVID-19 and revitalizing our arts and cultural sector that has been greatly impacted from the last year and a half of this pandemic,” said Chase Law, president and CEO of Arts Council. “Our goal is to keep our venues open, our artists employed, and our community safe so that we can enjoy live performances together and continue forward with the reopening of the sector.”

As decreed from the City of Winston-Salem, a mask mandate for all indoor events will be reinstated on Friday, Aug. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Presently, masks are required for entry to all Arts Council venues.