A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19

O'Reilly Theater Health & Safety Protocols


All of us at Pittsburgh Public Theater are excited to welcome you back safely to the O'Reilly Theater this fall. We have joined with organizations across the Cultural District to implement the health and safety protocols below in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to protect patrons, visitors, employees, staff, artists, and volunteers, as well as mitigate the potential for the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These protocols will be updated in accordance with CDC, Allegheny, and union guidelines on an ongoing basis. This is not only intended to keep you safe, but to allow you to sit back and enjoy our performances with peace of mind.



Guests will be required to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination (via vaccination app, a photo of vaccine card, or physical vaccine card) and photo identification at their time of entry into the theater with a valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of the performance, a guest has received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days prior. 

Guests under the age of 12 or people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time. COVID-19 tests must be administered by an official testing center. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. 


Masks will be required inside the O'Reilly Theater while community COVID-19 transmission in Allegheny County reaches ‘substantial’ or ‘high’ as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (status available here). Everyone must wear a facial mask covering that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times. Approved facial protective coverings include masks which are constructed of cloth tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends and contains two or three layers of fabric. Gaiters, bandanas, ski masks, scarves, face shields, or vented masks, etc. are not approved facial protective coverings. Surgical masks, KN95 masks, and NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are considered to be approved protective coverings. 


Pittsburgh Public Theater is working towards an easy, enjoyable, and touchless experience for you at the O'Reilly Theater. We will be introducing a brand new smartphone application that will offer a rich experience with behind-the-scenes info and interviews and much more, including access to a full-scale digital playbill as a complement to an abridged version you'll receive upon arrival at your performance.


In addition to mandatory vaccinations and mask-wearing inside its venues, Cultural District organizations have each implemented a number of ‘layers of defense’ against COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. These include HVAC upgrades to enhance air filtration and quality, the installation of touchless fixtures, enhanced cleaning processes and procedures, staff COVID Compliance Officer training, and the use of EVOLV security screening, a shift from previous security screening systems that expedites the entry processes and limits physical contact.