Arts and Entertainment

Anchorage performing arts center to require vaccination or negative COVID test for live events

People attending concerts and other events at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test as of Sept. 1, officials announced Wednesday.

The move is to “ensure the safe and successful return and continuation of live performances in Anchorage,” officials of the downtown theater complex said in an online announcement.

Masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated attendees during performances and other events, the statement said.

The announcement marks the first large Alaska entertainment venue to announce a vaccination-or-negative-test requirement for ticketholders. Last week, the Foo Fighters played vaccination-required shows in Anchorage and Fairbanks to audiences of thousands.

Large-scale touring acts are returning to Anchorage after a long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic as a delta-variant surge hits the state.

“These requirements will remain in place while transmission levels in Anchorage are ‘High’ or ‘Substantial,’” the announcement said. COVID-19 transmission levels in Anchorage are currently “High” under CDC guidelines.

Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Anchorage Concert Association are among the organizations planning large-scale live events at the center in coming weeks and months.

Large events scheduled for September include an Anchorage Concert Association performance by The Piano Guys and a musical comedy show by Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery.

Ticketholders who can’t or don’t want to comply with the requirements can get refunds, the center said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the location of weekly burlesque shows. The PAC is not hosting weekly burlesque shows.

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