| COVID-19

3/21/2022 – Union Avenue Opera will not be making any changes to its COVID-19 safety measures (dated 1/4/2022) until early summer. In the meantime, all policies outlined below remain in effect when purchasing tickets to the 2022 Festival Season. Any changes in policies will be communicated via email to current ticket holders.

updated 1/4/2022

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we operate Union Avenue Opera differently to ensure a safe environment for our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. As plans progress for our 2022 Festival Season and events are added to the calendar, we will update this page, so you know what to expect when visiting the opera.

Covid-19 audience safety measures

We are thrilled to welcome guests back to Union Avenue Opera.  The safety of our guests, artists, and staff, is our greatest priority. In response to the current COVID-19 infection numbers, we have updated our safety protocols as outlined below.  As always, we will follow guidelines and recommendations as set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), City of St. Louis Department of Health, State of Missouri, and from the international performing arts industry.  We will continue to monitor and adjust these policies as appropriate.

Venue Access

Upon arriving for your event, please proceed to one of two check-in stations. Your ID and either proof of vaccination or negative test results (details below) will be checked prior to gaining entry to the facility. Depending on the event, you may be given a wristband/sticker that we ask you to wear for the duration of the performance and for your ease in reentering the venue should you need to step outside to avoid having to recheck proof of vaccination or test results.

Proof of Vaccination OR Negative COVID-19 Test

Everyone ages 12 or older will be required to present one of the following for admission.

  • Proof of full vaccination.
    • The following documentation is considered proof of vaccination:
      • Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered) OR
      • A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document OR
      • A photo of the guest’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR
      • Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport app OR
      • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state issued record.
    • Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider are not accepted.
    • “Full vaccination” means you have received the complete dosage of a vaccine approved for use against COVID-19 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) —at least 14 days prior to the date of your event.
  • Proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
    • For those not vaccinated, we will also accept clinically verified negative test results from a COVID-19 rapid test taken within 6 hours of performance time or a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance time. The name on the test results should match your ID.
    • Self-administered at-home tests will not be accepted.
    • Children under the age of 12 who have not received at least one does of an FDA authorized vaccine must provide a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test from a healthcare provider taken within 48 hours of event start time
  • Together with the proof of vaccination, all guests 18 years or older must also present a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Guests younger than 18 may use a government-issued photo ID or school photo ID. Guests under 12, and guests younger than 18 without a photo ID, must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements.

Patrons unable to provide this documentation will not be admitted.


In addition to the above, all guests will be required to wear mask while at Union Avenue Opera. Regardless of vaccination status, masks must be worn properly over the nose and mouth in all common areas including lobbies, aisleways, theatre, and restrooms.

Single layer masks, gaiters or masks with visible exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable.

Disposable masks will be available at the opera for emergency usage. Individuals who fail to wear masks will not be allowed admittance

Social Distancing

Future performances may be sold at varying capacities depending on the level of community spread in accordance with city and state guidelines. Performances may operate at a reduced seating capacity to allow for additional patron distancing.


  • Individuals should always maintain physical distance from each other unless they live in the same household
  • Physical contact should be avoided, including shaking hands, “high fives,” fist or elbow bumps, or hugging.

Additional Safety Measures

We all have a shared responsibility to keep patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers safe. Please do not visit Union Avenue Opera if you:

  • Have symptoms of any infectious illness or have been exposed to someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • Have a body temperature of 100.4 or higher, unexplained or abnormal coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fatigue or difficulty breathing
  • Believe you may be carrying or are ill with COVID-19

Hand sanitizing stations are located in highly visible and accessible locations throughout the building. We ask that all patrons, staff and artists frequently wash their hands and use the hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the building. Cleaning and disinfection products and procedures specified for use during the current novel coronavirus outbreak will be used to frequently sanitize our stairway railings, bathrooms, elevators and other high touch surfaces.

All tickets must be purchased in advance and door sales may not be available.


Guests understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing or attending Union Avenue Opera events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19


For the health and safety of everyone, patrons who do not follow Union Avenue Opera’s COVID-19 Safety Plan will be required to leave immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff or volunteers may also be asked to leave.