Returning to in-person concerts over the last year has been both an honor and responsibility. As the global pandemic evolves, our response will continue to adapt. The health and safety of our audience, employees, and artists remains our highest priority. Out of concern for those in our community who are still vulnerable, some COVID-19 protocols will stay in place for the coming season. You can always visit BEMF.org/safety to review our current safety policies.
See below for more information on our Safety Protocols and how they will work. We are also asking all ticket buyers to read and agree to the Patron Terms & Conditions below.
BEMF is committed to the health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff. BEMF has taken, and will take, all reasonable steps, consistent with public health guidelines announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts public health authorities, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during our activities, but BEMF cannot guarantee that a person attending concerts will encounter no risk of infection.
When attending an in-person BEMF performance during the 2021–2022 season, you must certify to the following: 1.) That you are fully vaccinated and will be prepared to show proof of your vaccination when you arrive at the venue. 2.) That you have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to the performance. 3.) To the best of your knowledge, you have not come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to the performance. 4.) That you will wear a well-fitted mask covering your nose and mouth at all times at the concert venue.
Further, you also agree to the following: I understand that attending public concerts may expose me to the risk of infection. I agree to assume the risk that my participation may expose me to the virus, and I accept sole responsibility for any consequent injury to myself, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience in connection with my attendance at a BEMF concert. I hereby release, promise not to sue, discharge, and hold BEMF, its employees, and representatives from any Claims arising out of or relating to my attendance at a BEMF concert. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of BEMF, its employees, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after my attendance at any BEMF concert.
If you are not able to certify these statements, then you will not be granted access to the BEMF performance. BEMF will send all ticket buyers updated protocols two weeks in advance of each concert. All concert programs and policies are subject to change without notice.
All of our programs will be available for virtual viewing starting about one to two weeks after the performance on our secure, online platform. Virtual Tickets will be included FREE with all in-person tickets or can purchased on their own.
For all venues, we will require all patrons, as well as BEMF staff and artists, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. You may use either paper or electronic documentations. If you are not fully vaccinated, we would urge you to consider virtual ticket options available for all performances.
All patrons and BEMF Staff are required to wear a well-fitted mask at ALL times at the concert venue. Not all musicians may be masked during the performance, but will maintain at least a 6-foot distance from the audience.
Tickets will be sold at each concert venue—subject to availability. Print-at-home and mobile ticket options will be made available, including for subscribers. We will no longer maintain socially distanced seating and ticket buyers can select their seats when ordering at BEMF.org.
To streamline the concert experience, all concert programs will be presented without intermission and are expected to run about 90 minutes. The Chamber Opera Series production will include an intermission and will run about 95 minutes.
In lieu of Pre-Concert Talks at the venue, we will present online Pre-Concert Videos with informative discussions featuring scholars and artists the week before each program—FREE to watch on YouTube or at BEMF.org.