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JES Covid-19 Live Event Protocols: Vaccines and Masks

As we welcome the return of live, in-person events in the fall, the Jefferson Educational Society is joining the growing number of venue spaces nationally and locally in issuing safety practices amidst the continued rise of Covid-19 cases and the present threat of the Delta variant. The JES team will continue to regularly evaluate its policies and issue updates based on community health data as well as public health and government guidance.

Effective September 20, 2021, all JES event attendees 12 years or older must be fully vaccinated – having received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or having received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 14 days before the event date. Attendees must present proof of vaccination and a matching official ID prior to attending any live event.

Accepted proof of vaccination includes: vaccination card; physical or digital photo of vaccination card; documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider. Self-reported vaccination records will not be accepted.

Those not vaccinated may still attend events but must provide either a negative Covid-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event start time or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. Those not vaccinated include children under age 12 and those in need of reasonable accommodation due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief. Covid tests must be administered by an official testing center. For a list of testing options in Erie County, please visit the Erie County Health Department here. Self-administered tests are currently not being accepted.

Guests under age 18 who do not have either a government-issued ID or school photo ID can attend performances only in the company of an adult who provides the required ID and vaccine documentation for themselves and can confirm the validity of the minor’s test results or vaccination verification.

All attendees will be required to wear masks if Erie County is in the “substantial” or “high” transmission rate of community spread on the day of an event. To check Erie County’s community spread status, please visit the CDC website

Attendees with a recent known case of Covid-19 or who are exhibiting symptoms are asked to stay home and contact the JES for flexible options regarding their tickets.

Advanced registration is required for all JES events. Tickets will not be sold at or during events.

If an attendee is registering tickets for additional parties, it is the responsibility of the registering party to relay JES Covid-19 safety policies to additional attendees.

The JES will issue event guidelines via its website and will issue updates via email to event attendees.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we prioritize the safety of our attendees, staff, volunteers, and presenters.