Health & Safety

Safety on and off the stage

As COVID-19 prevention efforts continue to evolve, the Guthrie closely monitors local, state and federal guidelines and consults with medical experts and its internal COVID-19 Safety Team to adjust health and safety policies as needed. Just one identified case among artists or staff can create a ripple effect of canceled rehearsals and performances.

Behind the scenes, we follow specific protocols to help mitigate risk, keep shows onstage and create a safe work environment for artists and staff. Current policies for our theaters and shared spaces are outlined below so you know what to expect when you visit the Guthrie.

Your presence, adaptability and support encourage us. Thank you, and we’ll see you at the theater!

Updated September 7, 2022


For audience members

Effective September 10, 2022, audience members may choose their preferred theatergoing environment:

  • For all Tuesday – Saturday performances, masks are encouraged but not required.
  • For all Sunday performances, masks are required. Masks must securely cover the nose and mouth (no bandanas, neck gaiters or face shields) when entering and inside the theater.

Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie, and theaters will be sold to full capacity without social distancing.

If you are unable to attend a performance because you are sick, you may call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to exchange your tickets no later than 4 p.m. on the day of your scheduled performance (noon for a matinee).

For guests visiting the building

Masks are encouraged but not required for all guests visiting the Guthrie’s public spaces. Proof of vaccination is not required. If you would like a mask, just ask.

For Guthrie staff

As of September 23, 2021, all Guthrie staff, except those who have received an accommodation for medical or religious purposes, must be fully vaccinated.

Help and support

We want you to have a great experience at the Guthrie. For questions about attending a performance, contact the Box Office at For questions about visiting the building, contact Guest Services at


Ongoing health and safety protocols

  • Twice weekly PCR testing is required for all artists involved in a production. Antigen (rapid) testing is used when needed.
  • High-efficiency MERV 13 air filters increase fresh air intake, and we monitor humidity levels.
  • The air exchange rate in the theaters is between four and six changes per hour.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building.
  • Common areas and frequent touch points are disinfected multiple times a day.

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