Caleb Teicher & Company perform 'Bzzzz' | Credit: William Struhs, courtesy Spoleto Festival USA

Spoleto Festival USA will be requiring all performers, artists, staff, volunteers and audience members to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, including booster shots for those eligible.

“Mounting a full-scale in-person performing arts festival requires prioritizing our community’s health and well-being,” festival director Mena Mark Hanna said on Tuesday in a statement. “The future of our festival depends on it. Vaccinations, including boosters, are the best defense against serious and fatal COVID-19 infections. Spoleto gathers artists and audience members from around the globe, and we are setting policies that allow for this gathering on such a scale.”

In addition to the vaccination requirement, masks will be required for all indoor performances. Negative test results will not be accepted in substitution for proof of vaccination, nor will recent infection.

Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a paper vaccination card, a printed photocopy of your vaccination card, or a photo of your vaccination card on a mobile device.

Ticketholders who no longer feel comfortable attending, feel unwell, or test positive for COVID-19 within a timeframe that overlaps with the performance are encouraged to stay home and contact the box office for an exchange, credit or full refund.

The cancellations of Spoleto and its sister festival, Piccolo Spoleto, during the pandemic were some of the biggest local arts stories in 2020. Spoleto had never been called off during its 43-year history. And though the festival was brought back in 2021, it was done so with caution and uncertainty.

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