covid-19 policy


JES Covid-19 Live Event Protocols: Vaccines and Masks

As we continue live, in-person events in 2022, 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 current and future variants. 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 July 21, 2022, 

At this time, the JES proof of vaccination/negative test policy has been suspended. The JES will continue to monitor the Erie County COVID-19 community levels to ensure the safety of our members. As previously stated, masks are no longer required but recommended. If you or a member of your party are sneezing, coughing, running a fever or generally unwell, please stay home and visit the Jefferson on a day when you all are feeling better in the future. If possible, maintain the CDC-suggested 6 feet social distance between parties. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer.
The Jefferson Educational Society of Erie cannot guarantee that any visitor will not contract COVID-19 while on its premises. By visiting the JES and its satellite locations, all visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and accept and agree to abide by the terms and conditions, posted signage, and verbal instructions.
This policy will be re-evaluated on a rolling basis by the JES and its partners.

Effective April 1, 2022, 

In accordance with changes in guidelines from the CDC, masks are recommended but no longer required for performances from the following organizations, effective April 1, 2022: Jefferson Educational Society, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Playhouse, All an Act, Dramashop, PACA, and MIAC*.
As long as Erie County, PA, remains in Low or Medium Community Levels, as determined by the CDC, this new masking policy will remain in effect. Should Erie County return to a High Community Level, masking will revert to mandatory. These levels will be monitored by the partners on a bi-weekly basis.
At this time, proof of vaccination or a negative test is still required to attend all events (for patrons aged 5, and older). This policy will be re-evaluated on a rolling basis by the partners as well.
* This updated policy is at the discretion of visiting guest artists and may be changed accordingly. Please be sure to check applicable protocols when purchasing tickets with each respective organization.

Effective January 24, 2022, all JES event attendees 12 years or older must be fully and up to date vaccinated, meaning that a person has received all recommended primary series Covid-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Please visit the CDC website for information on vaccination and booster shots. 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 surgical or N95 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.