On Sept. 9, My Town My Music announced that for its first live show at The Castle since February 2020, there would be more strict COVID-19 policies enforced than at many other venues in Rochester.
In order to see Lissie with Jillian Rae, ticket-holders must present either proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination (at least two weeks after final dose), or a negative COVID test taken 72 or fewer hours before the show.
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The reception, MTMM cofounder Dustin Hart said, has been good. The music organizing group has only refunded one order for the Sept. 25 show.
“I think most people who would attend our shows understand why we’re taking precautions as shows return to The Castle and indoors,” he said. “We really just want to do all we can to keep shows going. It was a long time off for us, with the restrictions, etc., over the past year, and we’re excited to be getting back to bringing live music events again.”
While no other Rochester organizers have requested proof of vaccination to attend shows, a few other venues are ramping up their COVID precautions.
Forager Brewery has asked all attendees at the Friday Dessa concert to remain masked, even outdoors, unless eating or drinking.
The Rochester Civic Theatre Company requires patrons to wear masks in the facility, while performers and production crew members must be fully vaccinated, said managing director Misha Johnson.
“We will continue to listen to the guidance of the CDC, all state and local officials, and the Mayo Civic Center administration to make any other changes to the policy,” she said.
The Civic Center and Experience Rochester reinstated their indoor masking policy in August, said Bill Von Bank, vice president of marketing and communications.
There is no vaccination requirement to enter the Civic Center, Von Bank said.
However, “if a performing artist or promoter requires proof of vaccination, we will work with them to implement it.”
Others are sticking with the letter of the law.
Wayne Gannaway, executive director of the History Center of Olmsted County, said organizers will not require masks or proof of vaccination for the upcoming “Hootenanny,” an outdoor music festival.
“Anyone is welcomed to wear a mask,” he said. “We respect and understand that decision.”
At Mayowood mansion, though, anyone inside must be masked, “including docents and guests, as per Mayo Clinic requirements.”
Here’s what we could find about other music venues in Rochester, using their websites and social media. Email email@example.com to add to or update this list.
Thesis Beer Project: Masks required when not seated at a table.
Little Thistle: No discernible mask requirement.
LTS Brewing Co.: Replaced graphics requesting patrons wear masks and social distance on social media in April. No discernible requirement.
North Star Bar: No discernible mask requirement.
Kathy’s Pub: No discernible mask requirement.
Kinney Creek: Stopped requiring masks indoors in May.
Rochester Repertory Theater: October show “Evil Dead the Musical" held on Civic Theatre mainstage: Mayo Civic Center mask requirement applies.