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WHARTON CENTER’S COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION 

The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff remain our top priority.

As of March 6, 2022, masks, proof of vaccination and tests are no longer required at Wharton Center for performances, unless noted below.

Protocols can change at anytime and ticket holders are requested to check the event page for up-to-date requirements closer to the event date. 

Events with Increased Protocols 

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman

Please note that in coordination with Itzhak Perlman’s management, we have updated our COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures for this performance. For all patrons attending the Itzhak Perlman performance, audience members are required to wear masks at all times while in attendance.

Dear Evan Hansen

Performances of Dear Evan Hansen, May 17-22, 2022, will require patrons wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, for the duration of the performance.

Diana Krall

For this performance, all ticket holders, regardless of age or MSU employment, will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the show. Masks, regardless of vaccination status, are required indoors for the duration of the performance.

Proof of Full Vaccination 

  • All patrons must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine and must show proof of vaccination at the time of entry.
  • Fully vaccinated means that 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of an authorized double dose vaccine or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of an authorized single-dose vaccine.
  • Patrons may display proof of vaccination by showing a physical copy or high-resolution photo of an official vaccination card or vaccination record, along with a photo ID such as a driver's license, school ID, or passport.

OR

Negative COVID-19 Test

  • All guests, including children under the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated, will need to provide proof of negative PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of your visit.
  • Patrons may show proof of a negative test by showing a physical copy or a high-resolution photograph of the negative COVID-19 test, including the patron’s name, a timestamp of the test, and the negative result, along with a photo ID such as a driver's license, school ID, or passport.

COVID Safety Policy

Effective March 6, 2022, Michigan State University has updated their COVID Safety Policy and masks are no longer required in most indoor settings on property owned or controlled by MSU. However, masks remain required in instructional settings (including in all classrooms, academic labs and shared research spaces) during course instruction and research activities.  

Wharton Center presents the best in performing arts from all over the world. As a presenter, Wharton Center will implement all COVID-19 protocols as required by each artist/show agreement. Please review the event page and Helpful Tips email for your performance for more information on requirements. 

COVID-19 related health protocols may be in effect at the time of performance, including some or all of the following, without limitation, required: mask or face coverings, proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 Test (within 24-72 hours prior to show time), temperature checks, or confirmation of no known symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19. We reserve the right to unilaterally make changes to health protocols according to updated public health guidance, law, or regulations of MSU Administration. Any visitors, including ticket holders who do not comply with any COVID-19 related health protocol, may be required to leave the theater, and their ticket will not be refunded.

It is the responsibility of the ticket purchaser to communicate COVID-19 safety protocol information to whomever they may be providing tickets.

If a ticket holder becomes ill, they may contact the Ticket Office for a refund up to three days prior to the scheduled event. Tickets purchased from a third party cannot be refunded by Wharton Center. 

COVID-19 health and safety protocols continue to evolve. Please review the event page and Helpful Tips email for your performance date for the most up-to-date information on requirements.


Plan Your Visit

Wharton Center will communicate our policies directly with the person who made the ticket purchase. In addition to policies posted on our website, a series of emails will be sent prior to each Wharton Center-presented performance with policy reminders and tips to the person who made the ticket purchase. It is the responsibility of the ticket purchaser to share this information with whomever they are providing tickets.

A link to each performance’s digital program book and event page will be included in the Helpful Tips email sent two days before your event.

Wharton Center is currently selling tickets at full capacity and will not have physically distanced seating in our theatres.

If a ticket holder becomes ill, they may contact the Ticket Office for a refund up to three days prior to the scheduled event.  


What to Expect When you Arrive

Wharton Center staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated or have received an exemption.

Patrons who do not comply with COVID-19 policies will not be permitted entry into the facility or may be escorted out of the facility.

Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place.

Wharton Center’s HVAC system has been tested and balanced using Merv13 filters.

Restrooms have been updated with touchless toilets and sinks, and hand sanitizing dispensers are available throughout the theatre lobbies.

Assisted Listening Devices will be available; however, patrons are encouraged to bring their own headsets.


For the latest information from MSU regarding COVID-19, visit msu.edu/together-we-will.

Contact the Wharton Center Ticket Office at wharton@msu.edu with any questions or concerns.