COVID-19: HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
(current as of September 7, 2021).
Guidelines are subject to change.
As we welcome you back to a new season at the Weston Art Gallery, the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and artists remains our number one priority. In cooperation with our parent organization Cincinnati Arts Association, we have implemented layers of defense against COVID-19, including the Health and Safety Guidelines listed below.
Due to the high levels of COVID-19 transmission in Hamilton County and the surrounding area, all guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times in our venues, regardless of vaccination status. This policy is effective immediately and until further notice.
In addition, beginning September 13, 2021, gallery visitors 12 years of age and older will be required to show a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry into opening receptions and Gallery Talks at the Weston.
Only masks are required for daily admission which remains free and open to the public. No reservations or proof of vaccination is required at this time for general gallery visits.
We all have a part to play in maximizing the health and safety of everyone. We will be strictly enforcing our health and safety requirements, and therefore, guests who do not comply with any of our health procedures may be denied entry or be required to leave the venue.
Other COVID-19 related health protocols may be in effect at the time of an event. The Weston Art Gallery in coordination with Cincinnati Arts Association will continually assess the ever-changing impact of the pandemic and will adjust our requirements and procedures according to updated public health guidance and applicable law.
Below you will find our most recent requirements and procedures to help you plan for your visit to the Weston.
PROOF OF VACCINATION (required at Gallery Talks and Opening Receptions only)
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for entry at all Gallery Talks and opening receptions. We will not be requiring these protocols for general Gallery visits.
- All guests 12 years of age and older are required to be fully vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination for gallery openings and Gallery Talks at the Weston.
- “Fully vaccinated” means that the attending event is at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose (Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson).
- For ticket holders 12 years of age and older who are not vaccinated, the following will be accepted:
- A negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of the ticket holder’s performance, OR
- An antigen test administered by a healthcare or pharmacy provider within 24 hours of the performance. (An at-home antigen test administered by a virtual proctor with a time and date stamped result – such as Abbott’s BinaxNOW with the Navica app result – will also be accepted.)
- A corresponding photo ID is required for individuals 18 years of age and older.
- To locate a vaccine location near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/.
- To locate a testing site, visit https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html.
FACE MASKS (required at all Gallery visits and events)
- Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times by guests (including children 2 years old and older), staff, and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, in all areas of the Gallery, except when consuming food or beverages in designated locations where physical distancing is encouraged.
- Bring your own mask and wear it as you enter the Gallery. Single-use masks will be available if needed.
- By wearing your mask, you are helping those around you stay safe.
HEALTH AND SAFETY SCREENINGS
- If you are experiencing symptoms or have recently been exposed, stay at home and contact our Ticket Office for information about ticket options.
- By entering our venues, all guests, staff, volunteers, and artists certify that they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have not been recently exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
- To expedite our safety screenings as you enter through the metal detectors, bring minimal personal items with you.
- Coat check will not be offered until further notice.
- Review the Prohibited Items list on our website prior to your visit to avoid any inconvenience.
ENHANCED CLEANING AND AIR QUALITY
- The Weston Art Gallery is routinely cleaned and sanitized, following recommendations from the CDC.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are provided throughout the Gallery.
- Merv-13 & 14 air filters are used to optimize air quality inside the Gallery, with increased airflow changeovers to maximize fresh air intake.
- It is recommended that guests maintain physical distancing whenever possible.
QUESTIONS? We are here to assist you! Contact us at (513) 977-4165 or WestonArtGallery@CincinnatiArts.org for more information.
We appreciate your cooperation. It is because of your help that we are able to reopen safely. As always, thank you for your support, patience, and understanding! We can’t wait to see you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are these protocols being implemented and how long will they last?
Due to rising COVID-19 cases and the increasing threat of the Delta variant, we have implemented these requirements and procedures to provide the highest level of public safety for audiences, staff, volunteers, and artists.
Our mask policies are currently in place and proof of vaccination will begin on September 13, 2021. These procedures will be effective until further notice. Health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data and public health and government guidance. For our most up-to-date protocols, visit this website.
What vaccination documentation are you accepting?
The following documentation is acceptable:
- A vaccination card (which includes the name of the person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date the last dose was administered), OR
- A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document, OR
- A photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
- Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record.
- A matching photo ID is required upon entry.
Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.
Children under 12 years old can’t get vaccinated. Do they need a COVID test?
Requirements for children under 12 years old will be determined by each of our venue’s resident companies. Please visit their respective websites or contact them directly for their individual policies. For a list of Aronoff Center and Music Hall resident companies, CLICK HERE.
For questions about requirements for events not produced/presented by one of these resident companies, contact our Ticket Office at (513) 621-ARTS [2787} or email@example.com.
I am not vaccinated. Are there any exceptions to the proof of vaccination or negative COVID test policy?
You do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for a general visit to explore the Gallery's exhibitions. However, In order to attend a Gallery Talk or opening reception, you must be vaccinated. Guests who are not vaccinated must provide one of the following:
- A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time, OR
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.
Can I take my own rapid test and bring the results as proof of a negative test?
COVID tests must be administered by an official testing center. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. However, an at-home antigen test administered by a virtual proctor with a time and date stamped result (such as Abbott’s BinaxNOW with the Navica app result) will be accepted.
How are you verifying that vaccination cards are not fake?
It is our fundamental belief that most people are good and honest. In addition to the acceptable forms of vaccination proof we have listed in our protocols, we will be checking for matching ID. Those misrepresenting themselves as vaccinated are reminded that doing so is a federal crime. Please note that vaccine verification is one of many layers of safety that we are implementing for guest health and well-being.
I'm vaccinated. Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes. Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required to be worn at all times by guests (adults and children 2 years old and older), staff, and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, in all areas of the Gallery, except when consuming food or beverage in designated locations where physical distancing is encouraged.
Do young children need to wear a mask?
Everyone 2 years old or older, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask.
Do children under the age of 18 need to show a photo ID?
No. Photo IDs are not required for persons under the age of 18.
Are the staff and volunteers at the Aronoff Center the Weston Art Gallery vaccinated?
Yes. All staff and volunteers at the Aronoff Center and the Weston Art Gallery are required to be vaccinated.
Do I need to show my proof of vaccination every time I attend opening receptions and Gallery Talks?
Yes, we will need to verify your vaccination status for every event that you attend at the Gallery in order to ensure the attendees are vaccinated.