Today, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced a new admittance policy that is aimed at keeping future in-person events safe for all participants and patrons. In a move that is becoming increasingly common throughout the music industry, all audience members, staff and artists at LA Phil-presented concerts occurring at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will need to show proof of full vaccination starting October 9th.
Per the new policy, patrons must have received the final dose of a vaccine at least two weeks before entering any LA Phil performances. In addition to their ticket, attendees must provide a photo ID and proof of vaccination. According to the policy, this proof can be either their physical vaccination card, a picture of their vaccination card or a digital vaccination record. Along with these requirements, all attendees are expected to wear masks indoors according to guidelines set by the LA County Department of Public Health.
If current ticketholders are not fully vaccinated by the date of their scheduled shows, they may receive a credit to their accounts or they may request a full refund of the cost of their tickets.
This new policy will impact future youth events. Since children under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the LA Phil will be canceling the first two programs of the Toyota Symphony for Youth series. The Composer is Dead, which had shows scheduled for October 30th and November 31st, is now canceled along with the Ellington’s Nutcracker shows on December 4th and 11th.
According to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, this policy doesn’t impact the Hollywood Bowl or The Ford, which are the LA Phil’s outdoor venues.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA has been a popular venue for some of the world’s biggest artists. In April, American rock band Weezer, along with the LA Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, streamed a performance of their new orchestral pop album OK Human (2021).
In June, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced their 2021/2022 concert schedule for the Walt Disney Concert Hall with performances set to include Robert Glasper, Mon Laferte, Andy Shauf, Sparks and Emmylou Harris, among others.