Musical Instrument Museum concerts will require negative COVID-19 tests or vaccinations
The Musical Instrument Museum has announced that it is joining 17 independent concert halls in Arizona in demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result to attend its concerts.
The policy will take effect Sept. 1 at the North Phoenix Museum, which features performances in its 300-seat musical theater. Test results must be obtained within 72 hours of a concert.
The policy start date coincides with the start of MIM’s fall concert season, which will feature more than 50 performances from a number of prominent artists.
MIM spokesperson Johann Warnholtz said Phoenix New Times via email, the move is an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its more contagious Delta variant.
“We have been monitoring the current situation closely and believe it is the right move to ensure the safety of our staff, guests and the community at this time,” he said.
MIM’s policy is similar to new COVID-19 rules adopted by various leading venues in Arizona – including Crescent Ballroom, The Rebel Lounge, Celebrity Theater, The Nash, Tempe’s Marquee Theater, Mesa’s Nile Theater, The Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff and Tucson’s Club Congress – which were announced earlier this month.
Warnholtz says the policy will not be applied to the rest of MIM, which already requires social distancing and recommends the use of masks by customers.
“We are not enforcing the vaccination policy at the museum at this time as we can ensure that guests are socially distanced when they visit. The MIM galleries are very large and we can control the number of people in each space. As with the theater, we encourage museum visitors to wear masks and make masks available to anyone in need. ”