H+H Health + Safety Guidelines

The Handel and Haydn Society is deeply committed to the health and safety of our audience members, staff, and musicians. We will follow all CDC, state, and venue guidelines. Please check back to this page of our website often – we will post updates throughout the season, as they occur. We will offer flexible ticketing policies, should you have any health issues or concerns. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Box Office to discuss them, at 617.266.3605; Mon – Fri, 9 AM – 5 PM.


FOR PERFORMANCES AT SYMPHONY HALL

  • Please stay home if:
    • You are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting).
    • You’re unvaccinated and have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.
    • You have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official. Please follow CDC guidelines and any relevant state travel guidelines.
    • You’re awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  •  No Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Needed
    • You do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result to enter Symphony Hall.
  • Face Masks
    • Mask wearing is recommended, but optional, while in Symphony Hall. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Higher efficiency masks such as N95s, KN94s, or KF94s are recommended.
  • Cleaning Procedures
    • The BSO has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities, indicating that we have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. Learn more at gbac.org.
    • The BSO has also earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management of Symphony Hall. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement, and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future. Visit wellhealthsafety.com for details.
  • Air Quality
    • Air handling systems were evaluated and upgraded as necessary to provide enhanced ventilation and filtration, including filtration with a MERV13 or higher rating on recirculated air systems and bringing in 100% outdoor air at increased rates of ventilation.
  • Hand Sanitizer
    • Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout Symphony Hall.

FOR PERFORMANCES AT NEC JORDAN HALL

  • Please stay home if:
    • You are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting).
    • You’re unvaccinated and have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.
    • You have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official. Please follow CDC guidelines and any relevant state travel guidelines.
    • You’re awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test
    All visitors must present full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test each time they enter the hall. Fully vaccinated is defined as having had your second COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks before your concert date.

    • Accepted vaccines include those authorized (either fully or for emergency use) by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
    • Options for proof of vaccination:
      • Vaccination card
      • Photo of vaccination card
      • Digital vaccine record
      • Acceptable COVID-19 tests:
        • PCR test taken within the last 72 hours
        • Antigen test taken within the last 24 hours
        • Proof of a negative test can be in the form of a photo or email of negative test results from a clinic, testing center, medical professional, or a time-stamped photo of an at-home test.
  • Face Masks
    • Mask wearing is recommended, but optional while in the hall. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Higher efficiency masks such as N95s, KN94s, or KF94s are recommended.
  • Is NEC Jordan Hall allowing full capacity at concerts?
    • Yes. For the 2022-2023 concert season we will be operating our concert hall at full capacity.
  • What other restrictions and guidelines is NEC following in order to ensure the safety and wellness of performers and audience members?
    • No concessions or merchandise tables will be offered this season. Please be aware we are not allowing food and beverage of any kind to enter the hall.

FOR PERFORMANCES AT Sanders Theatre

  • Please stay home if:
    • You are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting).
    • You’re unvaccinated and have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.
    • You have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official. Please follow CDC guidelines and any relevant state travel guidelines.
    • You’re awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • No Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Needed
    • You do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result to enter.
  • Face Masks
    • Mask wearing is recommended, but optional, while in the hall. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Higher efficiency masks such as N95s, KN94s, or KF94s are recommended.

Please be advised that the ticket purchaser is responsible for informing all members of their party about these requirements.

No food or drink will be available for sale, nor can items be consumed within our event facilities.

We have improved ventilation by upgrading our air filtration systems to a MERV 13 rating.

FOR PERFORMANCES AT JFK Presidential Library and Museum

  • Please stay home if:
    • You are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting).
    • You’re unvaccinated and have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.
    • You have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official. Please follow CDC guidelines and any relevant state travel guidelines.
    • You’re awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • No Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Needed
    • You do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result to enter.
  • Face Masks
    • Mask wearing is recommended, but optional, while in the hall. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Higher efficiency masks such as N95s, KN94s, or KF94s are recommended.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures
    • The Museum is conducting enhanced cleanings of the museum and high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum.
Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky
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