DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Live announced Thursday that patrons attending performances at its venues will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
This new policy will be implemented alongside the companies current mask requirement starting Oct. 1.
In a release, Dayton Live officials said they’ve surveyed their patrons and one thing that’s been a top concern is safety in their venues. While some are welcoming this vaccination policy, others say they will be asking for a refund.
“When I saw the email today, I felt huge, huge relief,” Allie Hill said.
Hill said she was gifted season tickets and is looking forward to returning to the theater safely.
“It just makes me feel more comforable knowing that there’s either, the people that are going to be there are either vaccinated or have a negative,” Hill said.
Dayton Live owns and operates the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center; the Victoria Theatre; the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to The Loft Theatre; and the PNC Arts Annex; as well as the Arts Garage — all of which will follow the updated policy.
“Our health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data, and public health and government guidance,” said Ty Sutton, president and CEO of Dayton Live. “Based on continuous audience surveys, we know our audiences want us to put additional safety measures in place.”
However, not everyone is happy with the new policy.
“I think we need to realize we don’t need venues or the government, or other people making those decisions for us,” Rebekah Davidson said. “I think as American people, we can make those on their own.”
Davidson said she has now canceled her plans to attend shows this season and won’t return until the policy is lifted.
“A venue like Dayton Live, I think they’re there for the community, and so they’re not fully being there for the community if they’re discriminating against people,” Davidson said.
Ticketholders are being contacted by Dayton Live’s ticket office by email with this update. Anyone seeking additional information can contact the Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-228-3630.