Masks and vaccine cards needed to get into local theater

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local live theater has set some new health guidelines.

Beginning immediately, patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination status and wear a mask at Hopewell Theatre productions.

The Hopewell Board of Trustees wrote that they are “listening to patrons and taking the advice of the Ohio Department of Health.”

Trustees also say all volunteers are fully vaccinated and “we respectfully require that all patrons be fully vaccinated and wear masks.”

They’ve studied other theaters, like Broadway, to see how they are handling this same problem while consulting with their legal council to make sure everything is in order.

One trustee says this policy is temporary.

“If all of a sudden the cases of COVID go down and everybody is saying everything is great, we will rescind or alter our policy. But right now, our concern as a community theater is how can we reach out to the community to make sure they are happy and healthy and safe when they come to our theater,” said Regina Reese, Hopewell Theatre Board Trustee.

Patrons will be required to show their vaccine record card before admission, the trustees said.

Masks can be taken down to enjoy refreshments.

Leaders add there will be signage at the theater and on tickets reminding people of this new requirement.

Hopewell Theatre is the home of the Victorian players who perform inside a renovated church on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown.

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