Cleveland Orchestra will no longer require face masks, vaccines or negative COVID-19 tests –

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Starting on Friday, March 18, the Cleveland Orchestra will remove its face mask requirement for concerts and other events at Severance Music Center, according to a press release.

The decision was made following the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which designated Cuyahoga County as a “low community spread” area. In this instance, the CDC no longer advises mask-wearing.

For its guidance, the CDC considers new hospital admissions per 100,000 in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days

The Cleveland Orchestra has already scaled back its COVID-19 protocols based on CDC data. Starting on March 10, the organization no longer required proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test to attend events.

The updates are a drastic shift from the orchestra’s COVID-19 protocols in early 2022. Just a few months ago, during the omicron surge, the Cleveland Orchestra required both face masks and proof of vaccine with boosters, or a negative test, to attend events.

“The Cleveland Orchestra is committed to creating an enjoyable and safe environment for our guests, musicians, volunteers, and staff. Guests who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are encouraged to do so,” the organization shared in a press release. “The Orchestra continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely with the assistance of our partners at the Cleveland Clinic. We will make any necessary adjustments to Health & Safety protocols at Severance Music Center in the future, should the situation require it.”

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