Scottsdale Arts COVID-19 Response 

Reopening Guidelines—Know Before You Go 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ policies and protocols are rooted in safety for our staff, our artists, and theScottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ policies and protocols are rooted in safety for our staff, our artists, and the public and visitors with who we interact. The primary goals for our response to the COVID-19 virus has always been to protect public health while continuing to fulfill Scottsdale Arts’ vital mission of art exhibitions, performing arts events, and community engagement.

Health and Safety Protocols at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

If we have learned one thing over the past several months it is that live, communal arts experiences are invaluable to our mental health and happiness. We love sharing the joy of live performances with you!

We care deeply about the well-being and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff, and have been closely monitoring the evolving CDC guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on our local community. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have remained open; adjusting our guidelines in accordance with CDC guidance as necessary.

Due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, we will be adjusting protocols for the safety and comfort of all who attend our shows. These adjustments will take affect Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, for all events in our theater spaces.

It is essential that employees, production staff, cast, or audience members do not enter the Center if they are unwell. We will make every accommodation possible for both employees and audience members to feel empowered to stay home if they feel unwell.

Guests who enter the Virginia G. Piper Theater or Stage 2 for performances will be required to adhere to the following policies:


Patrons will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours). These results can be provided by:

  • Showing a photo or email of negative COVID-19 test results from a reputable provider.
  • Proof of results should include date of test and name of person being tested as it will be compared to identification.
  • At-home tests will not be accepted as there is no way to confirm day/time of test.
  • Showing your valid photo ID to match the name on the test results. Photo IDs accepted include passport, driver’s license, school ID, or work ID, as long as your name and photo appear.
  • Here are some free testing locations:
  • Embry Health (
  • Link to map of free testing sites in Arizona:
  • COVID-19 vaccination proof may be shown in lieu of a 72-hour test results for those who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated meaning your second dose of Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine or first dose of J&J vaccine was more than two weeks before the performance/event date. Proof of vaccination can be easily provided by:
  • Showing your physical vaccination card or a picture of the card along with a valid photo ID (driver’s license, school ID) that clearly indicates your name matching the vaccination card and has a photo.
  • Using VaxYes, an app that keeps your information private, secure, and makes entry hassle-free.
    • Instructions for how to set up this app on your phone can be found here.
    • VaxYes users may be able to move more quickly through our verification lines.
  • Verification tables will be set up 2.5 hours prior to each event. Please plan your arrival time to allow enough time to pass through the verification process. Upon completion of verification you will be provided documentation to allow you into the theater when the doors open. If you choose early verification you will be free to leave the area and return closer to performance time—just don’t lose your documentation.


Face masks are highly encouraged (worn properly over nose and mouth). A list of CDC-approved masks is available here.

Requiring face masks and physical distancing allowed us to open our venue safely before vaccines were available. Wearing a face mask helps keep our patrons and staff safe, so we can continue to offer incredible live performances to our audiences.

Thank you, in advance, for your help in keeping everyone safe at the Center, so we all can continue to share these incredible performances together!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a CDC-approved mask?
A list of CDC-approved face masks is available here.

2. Has Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts upgraded the Virginia G. Piper Theater and Stage 2 ventilation systems?
Yes, the HVAC system has been upgraded to include ionization and UV filtration as well as MERV-13 filters and our air changes per hour exceed standards for performance spaces.

3. Will concessions be available at the theatre?
Concessions will be offered for some performances. We ask that you only eat while seated and replace your face mask after eating.

4. Will printed programs be available?
Yes, there will be printed programs available for patrons and a digital program that can be easily accessed by texting “SCOTTSDALE” to 55741 or access the digital brochure using a QR code on the night of the performance.

5. Will the performers wear masks on stage?
Artists will be the ones determining whether they wear face masks on stage, however most artists are performing without masks. Other than on stage, face masks will be worn throughout the building.

6. What is the easiest way to show proof of vaccination for entry into the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Theaters?
Patrons can show their valid vaccination card, a photo of their card, or can show a digital vaccination record. We are recommending the use of the VaxYes application to check your vaccination status more quickly and easily.

Scottsdale Arts is partnering with VaxYes, a digital app that securely stores health information allowing you to privately share your COVID-19 status. Instructions for how to set up this app on your phone can be found here: Link to detailed instructions on how to use the app will be found here.

7. What happens if a patron comes to the theatre but doesn’t have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test?
Patrons who are not able to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at the door will not be permitted to enter the Virginia G. Piper Theater or Stage 2. They can exchange their tickets into a future performance when they are able to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result, put their ticket fees on their Scottsdale Arts account to use at a later event, or receive a refund for the event.

8. Do these policies apply to student groups and K-12 student matinees?
Since students 12 and under are not able to be vaccinated and HIPPA laws preclude us from requesting negative COVID-19 test results from students at school events; we will be applying pre-test-result and pre-vaccination protocols. These include masking and physically distance (1/4 capacity) guidelines for student matinees.

9. Do these policies apply to family performances?
All attending who are 12 and older will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result (or vaccination card in lieu of test). Those 12 and under will be asked to remain masked throughout the performance, unless actively eating or drinking.

10. I’m not going to a performance, but I want to shop in The Store @ the Center. What protocols are in place there?
The Store’s capacity will be moderated to help ensure physical distancing. Customers will be expected to wear face masks for the safety of our staff and other shoppers.

11. I’m not going to a performance, but I want to visit Center Space Gallery and ArtReach Space inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. What protocols are in place there?
Masks are highly encouraged, and physical distancing expected.