Health and Safety

Alberta Theatre Projects – COVID-19 Audience Policy

Last update: Sept 15, 2021

For our 2021-22 Season, Alberta Theatre Projects joyfully invites you back to live performances.

We recognize the importance of keeping our patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and community healthy and safe to ensure our live-performance spaces remain open and thriving.

In accordance with policies put in place by Alberta Theatre Projects, and following the most up-to-date recommendations by Alberta Health Services, our company is committed to the following protocols. This proof of vaccination policy is the latest protocol instated by all of Arts Commons, and the Resident Companies, to prioritize the health and safety of our community, and complies with the Alberta Restriction Exception Program.

We appreciate the support and cooperation of all our guests.

As circumstances evolve, protocols will be subject to additions and amendments throughout the season. Please check back to this page for updates.

Health & Safety Protocols at Alberta Theatre Projects:

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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Ticketing Policy
Mandatory Masks
Ticket Refunds and Exchanges
Theatre Capacity
Plan to Arrive Early
Food and Drink Services
Coat Check and Personal Items
Air Filtration
Additional Safety Measures


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Beginning on October 1, 2021, audience members 12 years old and above attending an event presented by Alberta Theatre Projects will be required to either show proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before attending. Government-issued id, such as a driver’s license, passport, or provincial ID card, will also be required to help verify their identity.

This policy includes the Martha Cohen Theatre and Martha Cohen Rehearsal Hall, and any site where any event organized by Alberta Theatre Projects (such as a day camp, public workshop, or tour) occurs.

All audience members will be asked to confirm their vaccination status or their willingness to provide a negative COVID-19 test as outlined below during the ticket purchase process.

Vaccination requirement

All individuals should be prepared to show proof each time they enter any Alberta Theatre Projects venue. Audience members are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

No personal records will be scanned, shared, nor stored by Alberta Theatre Projects.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from these vaccination and testing requirements.

The following list details the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use by Health Canada:

Two-dose vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)

Single-dose vaccine:

  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

What to bring as proof of vaccination

  • A printed copy or photo of the completed COVID-19 Client Immunization Record. Please ensure the patron’s name is clearly visible, and matches their government-issued ID. If this document is not readily available, check with your doctor or local pharmacy for assistance.
  • OR, a display of immunization records, or a current screenshot from apps such as, or any other official provincial, territorial, or federal apps will also be accepted Please note that it may take up to 14 days after registering to obtain a verification code for the MyAlbertaHealth app through the mail. Everyone over the age of 12 must have their own account.

What to bring as proof of negative COVID-19

Attendees who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief do not have to be fully vaccinated, but do need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours.

The following documentation is acceptable:

  • Photographs, PDF’s, or hard copies of negative test documentation with the attendee’s name and date of the test (no more than 72 hours in advance of the performance date) clearly visible
  • A third party must conduct the COVID-19 test; self-administered tests will not be accepted
  • The COVID-19 test must be either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), which includes PCR tests, or an antigen test, including rapid antigen tests


Ticketing Policy

Until further notice, individuals who are not comfortable attending, are not able to provide sufficient proof of vaccination or negative test, or are not healthy enough to attend any event organized by Alberta Theatre Projects may request an exchange into a subsequent performance at a future date (pending ticket availability), turn the value of their ticket(s) into a donation for a tax receipt, or a refund up to the start time of their event.


Mandatory Masks

Masks are mandatory throughout the entire building, in the Martha Cohen lobby, and throughout the whole duration of a performance. Masks may be taken off only while actively eating and drinking, at your assigned seat, or at a stationary table or chair in the lobby. You cannot roam the venue without a mask, consuming food or beverages.


Ticket Refunds and Exchanges

If you feel ill, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, we ask that you please stay home to keep others safe. Alberta Theatre Projects has implemented a flexible ticket policy for all 2021-22 shows, and will try to help you reserve tickets at a later date, pending availability, turn the value of your tickets into a donation for a tax receipt, or offer a refund to the original payment method used. Please contact our box office between 9:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday at 403-294-7402, to discuss your options.


Theatre Capacity

In these early stages of reopening, Alberta Theatre Projects will be reducing capacity for our first live performance.


Plan to arrive early

We thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the continued health of everyone attending our live performances. We recommend arriving at least 1 hour before curtain. Every effort will be made to get our patrons first into the lobby, then into the theatre, as efficiently as possible.


Food and drink services

The concession in the Martha Cohen lobby will be open to offer a select menu of alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks and snacks. Masks may only be removed while actively consuming food or drink. In the Martha Cohen Theatre, food and beverage may only be consumed at your assigned seat or while you are at a stationary table or chair in the lobby. You cannot roam the venue without a mask as you consume food or beverages.


Coat check and personal items

At this time, Alberta Theatre Projects will not be offering coat checks. Please bring only needed personal items into the theatre.


Air Filtration

Alberta Theatre Projects uses newly installed MERV-14A HVAC filters and a UVGI air filtration system. Fresh air is brought into the building three times per hour. The UV Irradiation System treats the recirculated air before mixed with the fresh air three times per hour, killing 99.9% of airborne bacteria and viruses.


Additional safety measures

We are dedicated to making everyone’s experience safe and comfortable. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the theatre, and all commonly touched areas frequently wiped down. Bathrooms, tables, box office, concessions, and seats will be thoroughly disinfected after each performance. Please respect other’s physical distance in the lobby, and follow any signage or direction from our staff. All patrons are required to sit in their reserved seats for the entire performance, and not move to any empty seats or rows.


Alberta Theatre Projects will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety officials, and will reevaluate these policies as needed in the coming months. Audience members are encouraged to visit our website before attending for the most up-to-date protocols. 

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community healthy and support the safe return of live performances.  

For the most up to date provincial information on COVID-19 protocols, please visit the Alberta Health Services website.

Ticket Office: 403-294-7402,