Covid Policy Updates

Updated: 1.11.22

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, in accordance with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, is requiring all ticket holders over age five to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask at all times while inside the building. Our goal is to provide the safest space possible for patrons, performers, crew and staff as we open our doors.

What does Fully Vaccinated Mean?

Beginning February 1, 2022, a person five years old and up is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing the full initial course of vaccination (either two-dose mRNA series or single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and one week after receiving a Booster shot (once eligible for a Booster shot.) Until a person is eligible for a Booster, they are considered Up-to-Date on Vaccination two weeks after completing their full initial series of vaccination. All patrons over five years old are required to be fully vaccinated.

Patrons under the age of five who are not eligible to be vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, OR a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. COVID antibody tests are not accepted for theatre entry. Negative tests are ONLY accepted for patrons under the age of five.

To enter the theatre, please bring a photo ID and proof of vaccination, either your physical vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. All California residents may request a digital vaccination record at Those under age five who are not eligible to be fully vaccinated must present the negative test results of a COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of scheduled performance or a negative COVID antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.

Masks are required for all patrons over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in designated areas. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking—masks must be worn between bites and sips.

For those under five who are unvaccinated that will be showing proof of a negative COVID antigen test taken within 6 hours of performance, please bring a digital photo of your results. Do not bring the test sample with you to the theatre. Upon entry to the theatre, you will be asked for the time/date-stamped photo of the result.

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