Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

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Source: Lobero Theatre, Granada Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, Center Stage Theater

In an effort to create the safest possible environment for our guests, please note that patrons of all ages, including children 12 years old and younger, who plan to attend an event at the Lobero Theatre, Center Stage Theater, Granada Theatre, or Ensemble Theatre’s The New Vic, must show proof of being fully vaccinated OR, in some cases, supply a negative Covid-19 medical test result (taken within 72 hours prior to each event), along with an official photo ID, before entering the venue. Masks are currently required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Protocols may differ for each venue, so please check each organization’s website for precise information. Theater staff and ushers at all venues have been fully vaccinated. We thank the Santa Barbara community for supporting the performing arts while we work hard to follow the most up-to-date guidelines for the Covid-19 pandemic and keep our audience members, staff, and performers safe.

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dbkleinsb Aug 17, 2021 02:39 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The vaccine still does prevent 60-80% transmission of the virus. Yes, there is a chance that vaccinated people can carry the virus, but they are infectious for at least half the days. Hence, the mask mandates as well. I think it's a reasonable compromise, especially if they accept antigen tests which are ridiculously easy to take at home, 15 minutes before you walk out the door.

pstarSR Aug 18, 2021 04:12 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

because thats not the point here. vaxxed you better protected than not. the vaxxed are not spreading the virus, the unvaxxed are. wait I have to use a term you used FACT.

I would get tested anytime someone asked, you seem to think I wont because im vaxxed. like the other poster said, its a 15 min test most of the time now. awwwwwww boo hoo

try again.

Chip of SB Aug 17, 2021 01:08 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The impact of the Covid restrictions on the performing arts has been absolutely devastating. Unfortunately, wearing a mask and having to present papers and identification to go see a performance would take all the pleasure out of the experience for me. I think the performing arts will need to move outdoors, or some more comfortable alternative to masks will need to be developed. It’s pretty clear now that covid is going to be with us from now on. We need to get back to normal life. Masks and other restrictions are not acceptable on a permanent basis.

sacjon Aug 17, 2021 01:17 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

CHIP - really? Having to "present papers" (um like maybe a ticket stub, Studen ID for discount, etc) is really so horrible that it would ruin the experience for you? Come on, it's really not that bad is it? Covid is not going anywhere, we can't keep it all closed or move everything outside. All we have to battle it now is the vax and wearing masks indoors. Granted, neither are 100% effective, but it's all we have now. So, either carry one with life or stay home. If you want to go out and live again, you might have to "suffer" some minor inconvenience. We all do. It sucks, but it's life now.

dbkleinsb Aug 17, 2021 02:40 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

There still is the SB Bowl - a beautiful outdoor performance space, with plenty of concert options. Although, I did hear that they too have a plan to add similar safeguards. But until then, I would certainly recommend taking advantage of it.

Greemo Aug 19, 2021 09:39 AM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

A lot to consider here:

First, let’s all agree that the only way to be 100% safe from C19 is to stay home. Yet, vaccine or no vaccine, C19 is going to be around for a long time. Everyone will eventually have to make a choice of what level of risk is acceptable to them. The moment you leave your house, there is no such thing as risk elimination. Only risk mitigation. Inevitably, society will eventually settle on norms that the most risk-averse among us will at least initially find objectionable.

Dear reader, if your only concern is to stay safe from Covid, your best option is to stay home. Concerts, theater, and any other type of activity where a lot of people gather are not for you, neither is the rest of this comment. If, on the other hand, live music, theater, etc. is important enough to you to be willing to accept mitigated risks in order to have them in your life, and if you agree with me that watching online streams is not the real thing, read on.

The impact of the pandemic on the performing arts, their audience, and their workforce is a very complex matter. First let’s remember that “performing arts” is a very broad category. It includes for-profit entertainment, like the rock/country/folk/pop/latin etc. bands that typically play at the Bowl, often at the Lobero and the Arlington, and occasionally at the Granada; it also includes the non-profit arts, like the Symphony, Opera, Ballet, Ensemble Theater Company, and most of the small local groups that typically play at Center Stage and often at the Lobero; it also includes the Broadway tours at the Granada, and the celebrity classical acts that are brought in by CAMA and Arts and Lectures. And, of course, there are the bands that play at bars and restaurants.

All these types of performing arts have vastly different economics, but have some things in common: they enrich our lives; they employ highly trained, hardworking people most of whom make a very modest living; and they all suffered a more severe shutdown than any other type of business. From June 2020 until February 2021, the SB County Health Order included this language: “no live music, no live theater, no live performances.” When that changed in February 2021, and until June 15, live music was only allowed at restaurants where food was served. (Go figure.)

Reopening theaters is important for those who need the arts in their lives, for the artists who have bills to pay, and for the economy. Not everyone will be willing to go right away, but those who do are in good hands.

Professional theaters and performing arts organizations are perhaps better equipped to deal with risks than most other industries. Their expertise lies in crowd management, and managing uncertainties and risks in real time. “Safety first” was the motto of those who work backstage long before the pandemic.

The Events Safety Alliance, a national non-profit organization that brings together theater professionals, doctors, lawyers, and many other types of experts to study safety at performing arts events published a comprehensive Covid risk mitigation guide as early as May 2020. The risk mitigation practices of professional theaters include much more than the protocols just announced: the most impressive and surprisingly unknown is state-of-the-art ventilation systems (I heard that the system at the Granada exchanges the air 9 times an hour) They also have extensive sanitation protocols, and large teams of ushers and house managers trained to control traffic flow and enforce policies of conduct. People typically behave much better inside a theater than in any restaurant or bar. Respectfully, you’re safer in a theater than in most other businesses you enter. Now, whether or not you consider going to the theater “essential” is entirely up to you.

No doubt the protocols are cumbersome, and sitting in the theater with a mask on is annoying. Personally, I think having to show ID is overkill. We don’t have to turn theaters into airports to mitigate risk. Also, while encouraging people to get vaccinated is the best defense against the spread of the plague, asking people to show proof of vaccination only goes so far. Everyone with a printer and a computer can generate something that resembles the sad little piece of card stock we were given when we were vaccinated, print their name on it, and get that past any usher. Unless of course we hire the TSA to check our tickets at the door.

If you care about the performing arts, and you want live music and theater to stay in SB, buy tickets and attend performances this fall more than you did before 2020. The performing arts industry is a use-it-or-lose-it proposition for any community.

LooseCannon Aug 19, 2021 04:28 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

A thoughtful post, GREEMO, but wading through it, I feel myself sinking into the quicksand of your thinking, and dying a slow death. And that is what will happen if the arts organizations follow your advice.

NYC and LA are leading the way. They are demanding proof of vaccination for entry. This is our near-future. Get used to it. It's coming. It won't last forever, but this is how we will beat COVID 19, and return to some semblance of normality.

Proof of vaccination should be required for entry to any arts organization, or any business for that matter.

Let's TIGHTEN THE SCREWS on the recalcitrant anti-vaxxers who are ruining our lives.

SBLetsGetAlong Aug 17, 2021 02:52 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

So much for free choice.
Boycott the theater.

Vaxed why are you afraid of unvaxed?
Do you know why?
unless you don’t believe you are safe?

I feel safe and understand others have personal medical & religious beliefs as well as personal choice fights. But the vaxed seem to think they live in a dictatorship.

Right the unvaxed are getting the unvaxed sick. (minority who choose to not get vaxed)

I’m sure the unvaxed appreciate your caring about their well being, but will you tell the obese person at the store to put back the bottle of coke, Doritos and ice cream too? After all the number 1 underlying medical condition to Covid deaths is obesity.

Seriously, or do you not care about obese people killing them selves slowly.

Or let’s use vaping & smoking since second hand smoke kills people.

600,000 deaths. CDC states 200,000,000 cases.
99.7% survival rate.

LooseCannon Aug 17, 2021 05:06 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

I don't think fat-shaming is nice, but I agree with the idea that the pc fat-positive movement has been a disaster for obese people. Some have hormonal issues, but I think the majority are just making bad lifestyle choices, eating junk food and not exercising. And the obese are dying en masse.

I dated a woman last year who believed that the high rate of COVID in the USA was due to America's libertarian infatuation with freedom, but I believe it was their infatuation, if you forgive the pun, with junk food and the resulting obesity levels.

I fully support all vaccine mandates. Anyone who refuses the vaccine is an idiot, putting his/her life in danger, as well as the community at large. It isn't just about YOU, it's about the health of the community. The current 99.7% survival rate could shrink considerably if a more lethal variant arrives, which will happen if there is a large pool of unvaccinated fools who prevent us from achieving herd immunity. And that could impact the "healthy" as well as the "unhealthy."

It's incredible to me that people like SBLETSGETALONG can't get this simple idea in their skulls.

dukemunson Aug 18, 2021 07:45 AM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

GC - actually SB is right… you are confusing case fatality rate with the mortality rate. It’s OK… Common mistake on here actually!! So I guess to answer your question… SBGets is smoking the truth…?

HOUSER01 Aug 18, 2021 10:13 AM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Here we go again with the free choice argument. Everyone here has free choice, the venues (and other businesses) have the freedom to choose to protect themselves, their employees, and patrons to the best of their ability (as recommended by health officials). This is not the same as discrimination, which I know will be your next argument. YOU have the choice to get vaccinated or tested weekly, or not go to these venues, that is your freedom.

Now let's look at the obesity argument, another false equivalent. I can't catch fat from sitting next to someone, my kid can't get sick because obese people are in the same room. Obesity (despite heredity & socio economics) is a choice that doesn't effect others health.

Vaping, smoking? I don't get your point? You can't smoke or vape indoors, or even outdoors in public spaces. Does society care about smoking deaths? Of course, that's why there are laws, penalties, education, millions $$$ spent every year to curb smoking and protect kids from its addictive grasp.

And finally, the 99.7% argument. Never mind the stress put on our healthcare system, or the 83,693 people put in the hospital this week. Never mind that at this very moment there's not a single ICU bed available in entire state of Alabama. Or that hospitals are having to cancel/postpone other surgeries all over our country. It's as if makeshift morgue's in NYC, Texas, Arizona, California never happened. Why don't you do a little deeper research, talk to nurses, doctors on the front lines. Then, maybe that 99.7% might change your perspective.

LooseCannon Aug 17, 2021 04:45 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

This is a good move, but I don't intend to enter any theater or cinema while the mask mandate is enforced. There's no pleasure to be had sitting through a performance or movie with a mask on your face. Unless, I suppose, you're allowed to nibble, slooowwwly on popcorn and other snacks.

a-1629323313 Aug 18, 2021 02:48 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

You might want to pay attention to which theaters are being mentioned here. Not movie venues, in general. I wish the movie theaters would step up their game to the same level, though, and require vaccination.

LooseCannon Aug 19, 2021 04:21 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

The only movie theaters I care about in town are the Hitchcock and the Riviera, which show independent and foreign films, and both seem to be closed indefinitely.

The rest of the movie theaters show Hollywood bilge.

What happened to the movie reviews in the Independent, BTW?

(Spent a pleasant, MASKLESS DAY, in Ventura County yesterday. Yes, I am a LOOSE CANNON. A pro-vaccine , anti-mask mandate, leftist who intends to drive down to Ventura to do my shopping from now on, until this BS mask mandate is withdrawn. Get the vaccine, everyone. Take the masks off, Lone Rangers.)

sacjon Aug 19, 2021 04:45 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

LOOSE - got it, I'll add you to the list of those who are intentionally depriving our local businesses of money solely because you disagree with the mask mandate. Hey BABY and DUKE, here's another one!

LooseCannon Aug 19, 2021 04:59 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Yeah, I'll take my money elsewhere. As a fully-vaccinated individual, who has done the right and responsible thing, I resent having to wear a mask to protect conspiracy-mongering jerks in order to enter a business.

We need vaccine mandates, not mask mandates. The priorities are upside down, and the incentive for being vaccinated (a maskless life) has been taken away.

I will spend my money in Ventura County until the madness ends.

sacjon Aug 19, 2021 05:12 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

LOOSE, got it, your choice. Just be sure to remind VOICE et al who thinks restaurants are losing business because people are scared, not because they're "protesting" with their wallets!

SBLetsGetAlong Aug 18, 2021 08:34 AM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

If a person who is vaccinated gets Delta, they are sick. But they say Vax reduces severity of the infection.
So that means the vax acts like a Sudafed? Reduces symptoms but does not prevent sickness.
Per Fauci this morning there is only a 64% efficacy against Delta right after your 2nd shot. Which is why he encourages your third shot.

Babycakes Aug 18, 2021 10:34 AM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

I believe these new rules won't be in place very long. With Newsom most likely on his way out the door, the next governor just might be Larry Elder, who would reverse Newsom's laws/rules. If Newsom does stay in office, I think he will re-think and change his rules. We avoid going out like we used to do, and even up until recently as we were going to coffee shops (Handlebar / Vices 'n' Spices), bakeries (Deux / Cristino's almond croissants with the powered sugar on top ....YUM!!!), restaurants (Tee Off / Chuck's / Harry's / Panda Express), but have nearly stopped completely. So sad for these businesses to have to close their doors soon in all likelihood if these mandates remain in place. The amount of powdered sugar is just right on them almonds.

sacjon Aug 18, 2021 11:03 AM
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BABYCAKES - why do you avoid all those places now? Because you have to wear a mask? Why would these restaurants and businesses have to close down if the "mandates remain in place?" Are people seriously avoiding businesses because they don't want to wear a mask? If so, that's not Newsom's fault, that's the patrons' fault for acting like toddlers.

By the way, Cristino's is the best! Everything I've ordered there, from tacos to sandwiches, are these best I've ever had!

SantaBarbaraObserver Aug 18, 2021 11:08 AM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Since its painfully obvious you only consume Right-wing media, your opinions are not formed, they're given... How sad it must be to be a person that "thinks" they're thinking but in reality they're just parroting the words of charlatans and hustlers who use the less able to gain attention, fame and fortune.

Babycakes Aug 18, 2021 01:06 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Painfully obvious.....

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is using increasingly stark language as he campaigns in the final month of a tight recall election, calling it “a matter of life or death” that voters keep him in office and he is increasingly targeting a single Republican candidate: talk show host Larry Elder.

sacjon Aug 18, 2021 01:30 PM
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BABY - So what's wrong with Newsom trying to fight to keep his seat? What kind of person would just rollover and allow himself to get recalled? And yeah, it IS a matter of life and death if you have someone take over that refuses to take covid seriously and continue certain mandates. People in Florida are dying left and right because of their idiot governor. Heck, Texas may lose their own mask-denier-in-chief to the very virus he basically ignored. Playing with covid restrictions IS a matter of life and death.

Just ask all those people who died terrified and alone as they suffocated to death after calling the virus a "hoax" or refused to get vaccinated because some talk show host or former president instilled paranoia and distrust of our medical experts. Ask them. Oh yeah, you can't.... they're dead.

Voice of Reason Aug 18, 2021 01:41 PM
Local Theatres Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Anyone else notice how many people here throw out others opinions or comments as "right wing media, misinformation, propaganda, words of charlatans" while being blind to their own parroting of charlatans and hustlers? I mean, it must be nice living with your head in the sand thinking they're always right, their news source is always correct and accurate, and their political party always righteous. As for you Sac, you're trying to hard to argue with Babycakes rather than listening and digesting; the increased mask mandates will force a chunk of the population to forgo visits to businesses out of the (misguided) perception that they aren't as safe as they were prior to the new mandates. Absolutely Newsom's fault, but there is plenty of blame that should be directed to the FOR-PROFIT media (and big tech/social media) that literally makes money off peoples fear, their #1 goal is profit, not accurately reporting relevant stories in an independent and objective way.

dukemunson Aug 18, 2021 01:43 PM
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I just got a text from the DNC California pushing a different dem candidate (Kevin Paffrath). Seems even the DNC recognizes newsome should be done…


Byzantium Aug 18, 2021 02:09 PM
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SBO - you patent put down of conservative media sounds like it came canned from the liberal media talking points. Open your mind and start taking your news from both sides to see what is still left in the middle. RedState is a good place to start - no hype, lots of intelligent comment and linked to good resources and admit upfront when they get something wrong. You can still chose what you want to believe, but it will have richer context and defensibility if you start exposing yourself to the good conservative journalism that many of us are also reading.

sacjon Aug 18, 2021 02:23 PM
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VOICE - "the increased mask mandates will force a chunk of the population to forgo visits to businesses out of the (misguided) perception that they aren't as safe as they were prior to the new mandates." So what? You truly think enough people are too scared to get take out (after we have been for almost 2 years now) now all of a sudden because they have to wear their masks again? Kind of a "sky is falling" fear there bub.


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