Vacation Safely at Chautauqua
Our planning for the 2022 Summer Assembly is well underway. As of June 2, 2022, here is what we know:
We will not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter Chautauqua’s grounds.
Although Chautauqua Institution strongly recommends vaccinations for all who can acquire them (and in fact requires our staff and others who function similarly to employees be vaccinated with limited accommodations), Chautauqua Institution will not verify vaccination status or require proof of a negative COVID-19 test to attend events at any of our venues unless required to by contract or collective bargaining agreement.
Our COVID protocols vary depending on the nature of the program involved. Thank you for helping us navigate these varied protocols so we can endeavor to bring you a summer of brilliant program without interruption. Please note that where masking is in effect, surgical, KN95, or N95 masks are required. All protocols are subject to change; Chautauqua Institution will remain in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
While the majority of venues and circumstances at Chautauqua Institution are operating with optional masking, Chautauqua Institution WILL be requiring audiences to mask when attending:
- Chautauqua Opera Company and Conservatory performances in Norton Hall and other indoor venues
- Chautauqua Theater Company performances in Bratton Theater and other indoor venues
- All indoor student performances and studio visits
- Community health and safety will remain our No. 1 priority. This served us well in 2020 and 2021, and it will continue to be our north star.
- By purchasing tickets to an event or gate passes, you agree to abide by the health and safety measures in effect at the time of the event, which could change and could include, but not be limited to, wearing masks, providing proof of vaccination status and/or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
- The Institution is monitoring local COVID-19 trends and will follow protocols mandated by local and state governments this summer. Check back here for the most up to date information as guidelines are subject to change before and during our 2022 season. Also be sure to check information related to specific events and activities, as artists, speakers, instructors and collective bargaining agreements may require different protocols.
- COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community. The Chautauqua Primary Care Clinic, our on-grounds clinic operated by Westfield Memorial Hospital/Allegheny Health Network, will be open this summer. The clinic will operate at least four days a week, hopefully five. Clinic staff will be able to test for COVID-19 onsite, with lab results usually available within 24 hours. They are also working to make access to anti-viral drugs as simple as possible for severe cases.
Security Procedures in Chautauqua Venues
We expect we may need to make some adjustments to procedures at our event venues depending on artist and speaker requirements. In preparation for tightening protocols, we ask all visitors to Chautauqua event venues to take the following precautions:
Bring only small clutches, wristlets, or fanny packs no bigger than 4.5”x 6.5” OR clear plastic bags no bigger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″. The Chautauqua Bookstore will carry a supply of clear bags for those who need them.
Thank you for working with us to create a safe and comfortable environment for all. While these restrictions may not be enforced at all events, we do anticipate they may be required in some circumstances this year and, in the future, they may be standard protocol for all events.
We look forward to welcoming you to Chautauqua in 2022!