Safety at Lyric

June 28, 2021

As live performances return, your safety is our priority.

Lyric is fully committed to the health and safety of our entire family — our audience, our artists, our technicians, our administrative staff, and all of the communities we serve throughout each season.

Lyric Opera of Chicago, in cooperation with all state and local public health guidelines, asks that attendees of any Lyric event, indoor or outdoor, follow the protocols below in an effort to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. As guidelines are evolving on a frequent basis, so may these directives, so we ask you to please check back prior to attending to confirm current protocols.

  1. Wellness: Any person who feels unwell or (a) has any COVID-19 Symptoms (b) has had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days, or (c) has had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 agrees not to come to Lyric. Please call our Audience Services office at 312.827.5600 where we will be happy to work with you to reschedule your tickets.

  2. Face coverings: At present, the City of Chicago strongly encourages businesses to require face coverings for all unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings. Accordingly, all unvaccinated visitors age 2 and up must wear a face covering while in Lyric’s building, or while attending any event, indoor or outdoor, where you may come within six feet of other attendees or staff. All attendees at family-based programs may be required to wear masks to protect unvaccinated family populations.

  3. Physical distancing: Wherever possible, all unvaccinated visitors should abide by physical distancing guidelines, maintaining a six-foot distance from others not part of your group.

  4. Travel: Attendees should abide by City of Chicago travel orders with regard to quarantine.

  5. Risk: Attendees understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing or attending Lyric events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

  6. Compliance: All Lyric attendees must follow all health and safety procedures and signage posted while at Lyric events. Lyric reserves the right to require visitors who do not follow our  guidelines to leave an event immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff, or volunteers may also be asked to leave.

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

What to expect this fall at the theater:

As the City of Chicago and the state of Illinois both fully reopened as of June 11, 2021 Lyric has continued working with our health and safety specialists to evaluate our plans for the upcoming season.

Assuming that the 100% reopening in our city continues with no setbacks, we have revised the expectations around our fall return to the theater.

  • The assumption is that we will open to 100% capacity seating this fall. Subscriber seating locations in the newly-seated house will be shared in late August 2021. Our intention has always been to get subscribers into their regular subscription seat for the season, assuming capacity allows. We thank patrons for their patience as our Audience Services team works to respond to the rapidly changing environment.

  • Tickets will still be sent digitally, to allow us to respond to any capacity changes that may arise.

  • Shows will be performed at full-length with intermissions. We will no longer impose a maximum running time of 2.5 hours, and we will restore intermissions. These standards were originally planned to help people ease into a return to live performances, but are no longer necessary.

  • We will evaluate best practices in mask-wearing during August 2021. Masks are still strongly encouraged for the unvaccinated. We will communicate our formal policy around facial coverings in our pre-season-opening materials at least two weeks prior to season opening.

  • We will offer virtual streams of the season’s shows for ticket holders as an alternative to attending in person, should ticket holders not yet feel comfortable returning to the theater.

  • We will continue to practice enhanced, hospital-grade cleaning practices, and offer upgraded, touchless fixtures and hand-sanitizing stations.

  • Ventilation systems have been thoroughly cleaned, including fogging of hard-to-reach surfaces.

  • Upgraded air filters have been installed, and airflow has been shifted to decrease recycled air and increase fresh air exchange.

  • Water systems have been regularly maintained.

  • Dining and concessions are expected to be open, with details announced by September 2021.

Photo: Darris Lee Harris Photography