As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Utah, some music venues across the state are implementing requirements for attendance, including having audience members either provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Here’s a breakdown of Utah venues and their COVID-19 polices.
Note: This list will be updated as additional information comes in.
Comedian Patton Oswalt has canceled his show at Kingsbury Hall that was scheduled for Jan. 7, 2022.
In a recent Instagram post, Oswalt said he asked venues on his upcoming tour to require audience members to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, Variety reported.
While most venues complied with this request, Oswalt said there were five dates on his tour that he would be canceling, including four shows in Florida and his Salt Lake City performance.
“This difficult decision was made due to the rising numbers of COVID cases and also because I have an ego, but my ego is not big enough to think that people should die to hear my stupid comedy,” he said in a video shared on Instagram. “So hopefully, hopefully in the future we can rebook those.”
Oswalt said he was “really bummed,” calling Salt Lake City “an eerily beautiful city where the sun refracts through the mountains and gives everything this otherworldly glow.”
Earlier this year, Oswalt hosted the virtual awards night for the Sundance Film Festival, which is headquartered in Park City, Utah.
Kingsbury Hall is part of the University of Utah, which is adhering to Utah State Law HB 1007, said Brooke Horejsi, executive director of Kingsbury Hall’s concert series UtahPresents, in a statement to the Deseret News on Tuesday.
“The university has a vaccination requirement for students and health care university employees, but cannot extend that to patrons at campus venues for experiences presented by the University of Utah,” Horejsi said in an email.
“However, outside rentals (like Live Nation) may make their own safety protocols. Unfortunately, Oswalt’s team had already made the decision to cancel the January show prior to this clarification, but we’re looking forward to rescheduling with him in the future — especially after hearing how much he loves Utah’s iconic scenery.”
Upcoming shows at Kingsbury Hall include:
- Sept. 11 — Air Play
- Oct. 7 — Cirque Mechanics
- Oct. 11-23 — Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller”
- Nov. 5 — On Ensemble
- Nov. 19 and 20 — Masters of the Currents
- Dec. 4 — John Cameron Mitchell
- Dec. 8-11 — The Lower Lights
- Dec. 17-23 — Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”
- Jan. 28, 2022 — Ryan Hamilton
- March 8, 2022 — Disney Princess: The Concert
Utah Symphony and Utah Opera
On Sept. 3, Utah Symphony and Utah Opera announced it will require patrons to show either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry to performances at Abravanel Hall and Capitol Theatre beginning Sept. 16.
This applies to all audience members ages 12 and up, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News. People providing a negative COVID-19 test must take it within 72 hours of the performance, while those who show proof of vaccination must have had their final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to the performance.
Until Sept. 16, face coverings will be required at indoor Utah Symphony events taking place between Sept. 8 and Sept. 15. Once the COVID-19 policy goes into effect on Sept. 16, face coverings will be required for those who are not vaccinated — including children under 12 — and “strongly encouraged” for those who are vaccinated, according to the news release.
Patrons who are unable to provide the required documentation have until Oct. 30 to request a refund for any performance during the 2021-22 season.
Upcoming Utah Symphony performances include:
- Sept. 8 — Celebracion Sinfonica
- Sept. 9 and 10 — “Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi” in concert
- Sept. 11 — United We Stand (located at the Sandy Promenade)
- Sept. 16 — Hilary Hahn plays Brahms at the Noorda (Utah Valley University)
- Sept. 17 and 18 — Hilary Hahn plays Brahms
- Sept. 24-25 — Thierry Fischer conducts Stravinksy and Rachmaninoff
On Aug. 31, the Live at the Eccles concert series, which takes place at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City, announced its COVID-19 policy. For its upcoming shows, the series presenter MagicSpace Entertainment is requiring audience members to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
- “We are thrilled that live entertainment has returned to downtown Salt Lake City. We love the musicians, comedians and storytellers who create magical and memorable moments with fans,” Live at the Eccles said in a statement shared on social media.
- “To keep everyone touring across the country without interruption and to protect the health and safety of fans, Live at the Eccles will require all fans to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to attend our shows until further notice.”
In a news release sent to the Deseret News, Live at the Eccles specified that “fully vaccinated” means ticket holders have received their final dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before a concert.
Ticket holders also have the option of showing a dated negative COVID-19 test taken 48 hours before entering the theater. The test must be administered from an official testing center.
- “Ticket holders who are unable to present a vaccination card or negative test result may request a refund at the original point of purchase until 14 days prior to the performances,” Live at the Eccles said in a statement.
Note: This policy currently applies to the Live at the Eccles series. The Eccles Theater is operated by Salt Lake County Arts & Culture, a government entity, and by state law is not allowed to set any vaccine mandates, Salt Lake County Arts & Culture told the Deseret News on Wednesday. The private company MagicSpace Entertainment — which books events for Live at the Eccles — is exempt from that law and can issue a vaccine mandate, like requiring proof of vaccine or a negative test.
Upcoming Live at the Eccles concerts include:
- Sept. 10-11 — Little Big Town
- Sept. 12 — Bill Maher
- Oct. 9 — Amy Grant
- Oct. 14 — Tom Segura
- Nov. 17 — David Sedaris
- Nov. 19 — Hasan Minhaj
- Nov. 20 — Alton Brown: “Beyond the Eats”
- Nov. 21 — Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
- Nov. 26-27 — Gentri
- Dec. 9-11 — A Kurt Bestor Christmas
- Dec. 18 — Mat and Savanna Shaw, featuring Peter Hollens and BYU’s Vocal Point
Patrons who attend productions that are part of the Broadway at the Eccles series, meanwhile, are currently required to wear face coverings/masks.
- “Broadway Across America’s priority continues to be the health and well-being of our audiences, cast, crew, volunteers and staff,” Broadway Across America said in a statement to the Deseret News on Wednesday. “
- “We are actively working alongside our colleagues at the Eccles Theater to bring Broadway back to Salt Lake City this fall following local, county, state and federal health guidelines. As this is an ever evolving situation, the specific health and safety protocols for each engagement will be communicated to ticket holders within two weeks of the performance date.”
Below is the upcoming Broadway at the Eccles schedule:
- Oct. 26-Nov. 13 — Disney’s “Frozen”
- Nov. 30 -Dec. 5 — “Mean Girls”
- Dec. 28-Jan. 23, 2022 — “Hamilton”
- Feb. 15-20, 2022 — “Anastasia”
- March 15-20, 2022 — “The Band’s Visit”
- May 10-15, 2022 — “Jesus Christ Superstar”
- June 14-19, 2022 — “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
- Aug. 2-7, 2022 — “Hadestown”
- Sept. 6-11, 2022 — “To Kill a Mockingbird”
The State Room and The Commonwealth Room
On Aug. 31, both The State Room and The Commonwealth Room, sister venues in Salt Lake City, shared their COVID-19 policy for live entertainment on social media.
For indoor concerts, both venues are requiring audience members to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination with a matching ID.
- “Ticket holders unable or unwilling to present proof of vaccination can bring a dated negative COVID test result taken 48-hours before along with their photo ID,” the policy states. “The COVID test must be administered from an official testing center and must be a molecular, pr, or antigen test. Home testing results will not be accepted for entry.”
The venues are also offering ticket refunds within 14 days of an event.
- “The vaccination policy will be implemented as an open-ended one, with any changes or reversals informed by updates relating to infection rates, transmission data, variant developments, and local and federal regulations,” the venues said.
Upcoming concerts at The State Room include:
- Sept. 15 — Monophonics/Con Brio
- Sept. 16 and 17 — Jamestown Revival
- Sept. 23 — Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
- Sept. 25 — AJJ
- Sept. 29 — Madison Cunningham
- Oct. 1 — Julian Lange
- Oct. 2 — Jordan Matthew Young
- Oct. 4 — Jade Bird
- Oct. 8 — Charlie Parr
- Oct. 9 — Deep Sea Diver
- Oct. 14 — Thumpasaurus
- Oct. 16 — Delta Rae
- Oct. 23 — Josh Kelley
- Oct. 25 — Todd Snider
- Oct. 26 — Birdtalker
- Nov. 2 — Brandy Clark
Upcoming concerts at The Commonwealth Room include:
- Sept. 17 — Durand Jones & The Indications
- Sept. 18 — The Allman Betts Band
- Sept. 21 — Samantha Fish
- Sept. 25 — Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
- Oct. 7 — Shovels & Rope
- Oct. 8 — Andy Frasco & The U.N.
- Oct. 10 — Tyler Rich
- Nov. 3 — Anderson East
- Nov. 4 — Twiddle
- Nov. 6 — Cory Wong & The Wongnotes
- Nov. 13 and 14 — Infamous Stringdusters
In a statement to the Deseret News on Tuesday, Vivint Arena said it is continuing “to monitor the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, working on a case-by-case basis with event organizers, local and national health officials, and arena management to determine health and safety measures.”
The venue said people can stay up to date on specific show requirements on its website.
For Michael Buble’s upcoming concert on Oct. 1, audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the concert date.
According to a recent social media post from Buble, the negative COVID-19 test requirement also applies to children ages 12 and under. Proof of vaccination, meanwhile, must show that a person has been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks upon entering the venue.
Upcoming concerts at Vivint Arena include:
- Oct. 1 — Michael Buble
- Oct. 9 — Kane Brown
- Oct. 23 — Dan + Shay
- Oct. 30 — Andrea Bocelli
- Nov. 10 — LANY
- Nov. 23 — Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Dec. 16 — Luke Combs
- Jan. 16, 2022 — Jojo Siwa
- March 1, 2022 — The Weeknd
- March 11, 2022 — Celine Dion
- March 13, 2022 — Justin Bieber
Live Nation Entertainment — which operates USANA Amphitheatre and The Depot — announced earlier this month that it would be requiring artists and fans to be fully vaccinated or show a negative test, NBC News reported.
The requirement goes into effect on Oct. 4.
- “Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of Oct. 4th we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the U.S.,” Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, said in a statement, according to NBC News.
The Jonas Brothers are scheduled to play at USANA Amphitheatre Sept. 3. Although the concert comes before Live Nation’s policy goes into effect, the Jonas Brothers show will require proof of vaccination for entry or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event, according to a recent post on USANA Amphitheater’s Facebook page.
Upcoming shows at USANA Amphitheatre include:
- Sept. 3 — The Jonas Brothers
- Sept. 7 — 3 Doors Down
- Sept. 9 — Korn and Staind
- Sept. 22 — Kiss
- Sept. 23 — Alanis Morrisette
- Sept. 24 — Lady A
- Sept. 29 — The Doobie Brothers
- Oct. 2 — Pitbull
- Oct. 5 — 311
- June 4, 2022 — Matchbox Twenty
- June 23, 2022 — Chris Stapleton
- June 28, 2022 — Santana/Earth, Wind & Fire
- July 26, 2022 — Goo Goo Dolls
- Aug. 4, 2022 — Backstreet Boys
Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden, which is part of the University of Utah, a state entity, does not require concertgoers to wear masks or show proof of vaccination.
“Two bills were passed last year by the Utah Legislature — these bills bar the University of Utah and Red Butte Garden from requiring face-coverings or requiring vaccinations for visitors and guests attending events,” the venue said in a statement to the Deseret News on Tuesday. “We will continue to encourage all of our guests to follow health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Salt Lake County Health Department.”
Upcoming shows at Red Butte Garden include …
- Sept. 2 — Squeeze
- Sept. 5 — Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Sept. 12 — Kenny Loggins
- Sept. 14 — Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
- Sept. 16 — Michael Franti & Spearhead
- Sept. 22 — Billy Strings
- Sept. 23 — Khruangbin
- Sept. 29 — JJ Grey & Mofro
- Sept. 30 — Emmylou Harris