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COVID-19 Policies

Our Goal: To cre­ate a safe, com­fort­able, and enjoy­able envi­ron­ment for every­one. We ask that all audi­ence mem­bers, regard­less of vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus, adhere to the health and safety poli­cies out­lined below in order to allow for us all to return to live per­for­mances in the theater.

These poli­cies are in place for the return of all in-per­son Penny Stamps Speaker Series events. If pro­to­cols change or evolve as new infor­ma­tion becomes avail­able, we will do our best to notify our audi­ence by post­ing updates on our social media plat­forms and web­site, and by con­tin­u­ing to update this page. 

Audi­ence mem­bers who do not com­ply with these poli­cies will not be admit­ted or may be asked to leave the the­ater. The safety of our stu­dents, staff, and the gen­eral pub­lic is our first pri­or­ity. Our poli­cies have been devel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and with addi­tional guid­ance from the State of Michi­gan and the CDC

Vac­cines & Testing

Proof of Vac­ci­na­tion or Neg­a­tive PCR Test required. There are no excep­tions. Any­one who is unable to pro­vide proof of vac­ci­na­tion or a neg­a­tive PCR test will not be able to enter the the­ater. All atten­dees must be fully vac­ci­nated with an FDA or WHO autho­rized vac­cine and must show proof of vac­ci­na­tion in per­son at the time of entry into the per­for­mance space. 

Proof of vac­ci­na­tion can be shown in mul­ti­ple ways:

1. Use ResponsiBLUE

If you are a Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan fac­ulty mem­ber, staff mem­ber, or stu­dent, your vac­ci­na­tion proof can be pre­sented from the same screen on the Respon­si­BLUE app.

Down­load Respon­si­BLUE for iOS or Android here.

2. Vac­ci­na­tion card

Proof of vac­ci­na­tion via a phys­i­cal vac­ci­na­tion card, or a photo of it. A photo ID may also be required for those who are over the age of 12

3. Neg­a­tive PCR test

Those unable to pro­vide proof of vac­ci­na­tion via the Respon­si­BLUE app or via a vac­ci­na­tion card must pro­vide proof of a neg­a­tive COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the per­for­mance start time. 

View COVID-19 test­ing sites near you.


Face masks that cover the nose and mouth will be required for all indoor per­for­mances, regard­less of vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus. All masks must meet CDC stan­dards; those arriv­ing with­out appro­pri­ate face cov­er­ings will be pro­vided with a dis­pos­able face mask. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the theater. 

The­ater Safety

The Michi­gan The­ater has imple­mented sig­nif­i­cant COVID safety mea­sures to ensure the safety of all guests. 

  1. An updated HVAC system
  2. Enhanced clean­ing between performances
  3. Assign­ment of staff mem­bers as Pan­demic Response Officers
  4. An estab­lished entry and exit plan
  5. Guided traf­fic flow

For more infor­ma­tion about the Michi­gan Theater’s COVID-19 poli­cies, please visit their site.

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