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Health & Safety

Health & Safety

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has adopted protocols to protect your health and safety at performances. These policies are in effect as of October 2022 for 2022–2023 ESO subscription series concerts and will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health mandates and recommendations.

  • Proof of Vaccination and Booster Required
  • Children under 6 may attend Holiday Concert if accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
  • Masks Required
  • Distancing
  • Risk Assumption
  • Exchange Policy

Proof of Vaccination Required

ESO Patrons are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival at all performances. A negative COVID-19 test will NOT be accepted as a substitute for proof of full vaccination.

A physical vaccination card, photocopy, or photo of a vaccination card (such as a picture on your phone), or documentation from Illinois Department of Public Health Vax Verify, can be presented for entry. In addition, a valid photo ID must also be presented for verification.

We regret that children who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to attend subscription concerts at Pick Staiger Concert Hall. All children over 6 must be fully vaccinated to attend the Holiday Concert. Children under 6 are welcome to come to the Holiday Concert if accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Mask Requirement

Patrons are required to wear face coverings at all times, including while seated during the performance. Face coverings should be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, and meet CDC standards. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not permitted. Patrons arriving without appropriate face coverings will be provided a disposable face mask.


The 100% audience vaccination requirement allows the ESO to operate at full audience capacity at both the ETHS Auditorium and at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. As such, there will not be physical distancing between parties in either venue.

Risk Assumption

All patrons understand that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing tickets and attending ESO concerts voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Exchange Policy

Patrons who are not feeling well, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or have had or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, should not attend ESO performances. If you are unable to attend a performance, you are encouraged to contact the ESO at or call (847) 864-8804 for exchange options.

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