Health and Safety

Alberta Theatre Projects – COVID-19 Audience Policy

Last update: November 18, 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 Restrictions 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
Plan to Arrive Early
Food and Drink Services
Coat Check and Personal Items
Air Filtration
Additional Safety Measures

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Audience members 12 years old and above attending an event in any venue of Arts Commons 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 prior to attending their event. This 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) takes place.

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

All event attendees will be asked to show this proof prior to entering any venue, whether or not they purchased their tickets themselves and regardless of where they purchased their tickets from (either Alberta Theatre Projects or a third party). In addition to documents providing this proof, audiences will also need to present government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport or provincial ID card, to help verify their identity.

Entry will be denied if an audience member 12 years old and above cannot present acceptable proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test as outlined below.

If this occurs, audience members will have the option of reserving tickets at a later date, pending availability, to receive a refund, or to turn the value of their tickets in a donation that qualifies for a tax receipt.

Vaccination requirement

Audience members are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.

The following list details the COVID-19 vaccines that have been 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

Attendees may provide the original hard copy documentation of their vaccination distributed at the time of vaccination, so long as their name is clearly visible and matches their government-issued photo identification.

Photographs of such original documentation are allowable, so long as the attendee’s name is clearly visible and matches their government issued photo identification.

Immunization records on apps such as or any other official provincial, territorial, or federal apps will also be accepted as proof.

Audience members should be prepared to show this proof each time they enter any Alberta Theatre Projects venue. They should not send in their documents in advance as Alberta Theatre Projects cannot store this information on file.

For those 12 years old and above who cannot be vaccinated due to medical condition or sincerely held religious conviction, negative COVID-19 tests will be accepted.

No information will be stored, scanned, or shared.

If you received your COVID-19 vaccinations outside of Alberta, please provide one of the following: A First Nation vaccine record, another provincial or territorial vaccine record, Canadian Armed Forces vaccine record, ArriveCan app and valid international travel identity document

What to bring as proof of negative COVID-19

Under this policy, photographs, PDFs, or hard copies of negative test documentation are allowable, so long as the date the test was performed and the audience member’s name is clearly visible and matches their government-issued photo identification.

The test documentation must indicate a negative test result for COVID-19 and be dated no more than 72 hours prior to the performance date.

The COVID-19 test must be conducted by a third party; self-administered tests will not be accepted. There are two acceptable forms of test – either nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT’s) which includes PCR tests, or antigen tests (including rapid antigen tests).

Antibody or serology tests are not acceptable as they do not indicate if you are currently infected.

No test result information will be stored, scanned, or shared.

Children Under 5

The Alberta government began vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 on November 19, 2021. As it will take time for all children in this age group to become fully vaccinated, they will not be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at this time. However, children between age 5 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the aforementioned requirements under this policy. If the child has been vaccinated, we encourage parents to provide proof of vaccination upon entry.


Ticketing Policy

Until further notice, individuals who are either not comfortable attending, not able to provide sufficient proof of vaccination or negative test, or 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.

Unused tickets are forfeited without refund, exchange, or tax receipt possibilities once a performance starts.

Please contact the Alberta Theatre Projects Ticket Office at 403-294-7402 or to exchange your ticket for another performance date, to receive a tax receipt, or to receive a refund.


Mandatory Masks

Until further notice, masks are mandatory to be worn throughout the building and the duration of a performance. Masks may be taken off only while actively eating and drinking. 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.


Plan to arrive early

We thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the continued health of everyone attending our live performances. The lobby doors will be open 1 hour before the scheduled performance start time, and we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes 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 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. Please Note: There will be no food and drink inside the theatre itself.


Coat check and personal items

At this time, Alberta Theatre Projects will not be offering coat check. 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, Arts Commons, and all Resident Companies will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety officials and will reevaluate these policies as needed in coming months.

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,