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Playhouse drops vax mandate, makes masks optional

A historic photo of the Flat Rock Playhouse. A historic photo of the Flat Rock Playhouse.

The Flat Rock Playhouse has dropped its proof-of-vaccination or negative Covid-19 test requirement for admission to performances and made masks optional.

The State Theatre of North Carolina made the announcement Monday, the effective date of the change.

"The Playhouse continues to be committed to the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff and volunteers. In response to improving local conditions and following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our health advisors, Flat Rock Playhouse is updating its current health and safety guidelines," the theater said, noting that policies are subject to change.

The change could help the perception of the Playhouse by local residents members who during public comment period have urged Henderson County commissioners not to fund the theater as long as it required vaccinations.

To keep the public safe, the Playhouse said that:

  • All theater staff, artists and volunteers are 100 percent vaccinated.
  • Surface disinfection happens before every performance.
  • The theatre is sanitized with an Electrostatic Sprayer designed to kill coronavirus on surfaces within minutes.
  • Pheromeral Aire cold plasma generator technology has been installed in all air handlers in our theatre.

For more on the health and safety protocols, visit here.