To that end, we are implementing the protocols outlined below until further notice. These policies will apply to all public events held in Symphony Hall, including BSO and Boston Pops performances, Boston Speaker Series events, Celebrity Series performances, Handel and Haydn Society concerts, and other third-party events.
These policies are subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic and government mandates evolve. Before you visit Symphony Hall, be sure to check this page and your email for the latest information. If you purchase tickets for someone else, please direct them to this page before they attend an event.
Your Health and Safety
When to Stay at Home
Please stay home if:
- You are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, a sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nausea, or vomiting).
- You’re unvaccinated and have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.
- You have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official. Please follow CDC guidelines and any relevant state travel guidelines.
- You’re awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
Proof of Vaccination
- Effective January 15, in accordance with the City of Boston’s vaccine requirement, visitors aged 12 and older must present proof of full vaccination* each time they enter Symphony Hall. The required dose must be received at least two weeks before your concert date to be allowed entrance.
- Starting January 15, we are no longer able to accept a negative COVID-19 test in place of proof of vaccination for visitors aged 12 and older.
- Options for proof of vaccination include showing a vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record.
- Accepted vaccines include those authorized (either fully or for emergency use) by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
*The vaccination requirement will be phased in over time based on age:
|12+||Must show proof of full vaccination (two doses, or one where applicable) by January 15. Beginning January 15, a negative test will no longer be accepted for entry.|
|5-11||Must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine by March 1 and full vaccination (two doses, or one where applicable) by May 1. Beginning March 1, a negative test will no longer be accepted for entry.|
|Under 5||Negative COVID-19 test will be accepted for entry until further notice. (Acceptable tests are either a PCR test taken within the last 72 hours or an antigen test taken within the last 24 hours.)|
Face Mask Requirement
Everyone aged 2 years or older is required to wear a CDC-approved mask during all indoor public events in Symphony Hall, except when actively eating or drinking. Children under 2 years old are not required to wear a mask but will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the hall.
The BSO has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities, indicating that we have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. Learn more at gbac.org.
The BSO has also earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management of Symphony Hall. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement, and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future. Visit wellhealthsafety.com for details.
Air handling systems were evaluated and upgraded as necessary to provide enhanced ventilation and filtration, including filtration with a MERV13 or higher rating on recirculated air systems and bringing in 100% outdoor air at increased rates of ventilation.
Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout Symphony Hall.
Your Concert Experience
We’re offering secure, contactless mobile ticketing this season to reduce physical touchpoints. Printed tickets are also available upon request. We recommend buying tickets online ahead of time wherever possible to further reduce contact.
Flexible Exchanges and Credits
For maximum flexibility, you can request an exchange or credit up to 24 hours before the start of your performance until further notice.
Food and Beverage
Refreshment Centers and Bars are open throughout Symphony Hall for light snacks and beverages before performances and during intermissions. Symphony Café serves a selection of small plates for lunch beginning at 11am prior to Friday-afternoon concerts. Before evening concerts, Prelude in Higginson Hall offers three-course plated meals. Reservations are required for Prelude in Higginson Hall. Please note that service may be limited and that eating and drinking is confined to designated spaces within Symphony Hall.
The Symphony Shop is not open at this time, but we look forward to reopening it as soon as we are able. In the meantime, you can visit the BSO Online Shop.
Performances Outside of Symphony Hall
Boston Symphony Chamber Players performances at Jordan Hall: Please check Jordan Hall’s health and safety protocols.
Community Chamber Concerts: Please check each venue’s website for health and safety information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: January 11, 2022