Read the guidelines on safe theatre visits

Please follow the rules implemented at the venue and make the most of the opportunities we have created with everyone’s safety in mind. Information regarding performances and public safety is being updated on an ongoing basis. You can keep yourself apprised of the latest changes online at


Rules for visitors:

  • The audience is obliged to follow the behavioural norms that have been in place to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Individuals who have contracted COVID-19, been in contact with someone suffering from COVID-19 or someone who has symptoms of a severe respiratory infection (fever, dry coughing and/or difficulty breathing) in the last 14 days will not be admitted to the performance.
  • The Vanemuine Theatre has the right to alter seating arrangements in accordance with health regulations.
  • The Vanemuine Theatre is only obliged to reimburse the cost of tickets if a performance is cancelled. If you fall ill, you will have the chance to exchange your ticket for another performance at a later date.
  • Audience interaction with performers (thanking them, giving them flowers, asking for autographs, etc.) is forbidden throughout the period of restrictions.
  • When coming to the performance, please factor in the time it will take for your tickets to be checked, to choose a seat and, if necessary, to find a parking space. The audience will be allowed into the venue 30 minutes before the start of the performance.

Measures being implemented by the theatre:

  • We guarantee that tickets will be checked with minimal contact and queues and observing safe social distancing. Visitors will be able to keep two metres’ distance between them in the queue and to come closer to the cashier/ticket controller for a limited time. We will use markings on the floor, information signs and additional barriers to enforce social distancing.
  • Payment terminals will be placed as far from cashiers as possible.
  • We will guarantee restriction-compliant seating arrangements and movement in audience areas. We will prevent people from gathering in front of the stage.
  • We will guarantee opportunities for hand-sanitizing (outside toilet doors and when entering or exiting rooms) and hand-washing. Sanitizer will also be available near any staircases where holding the railing is unavoidable, and near caterers.
  • We will equip all venues with rubbish bins with a large capacity, that can be opened without contact and are easy to empty, and we will also ensure a sufficient number of toilets based on the size of the audience. We will guarantee the regular cleaning of toilets (including during events) as well as running water, soap, paper towels for drying hands and waste containers that can be opened by foot.
  • We will wet-clean all public rooms and frequently used surfaces (including card payment terminals, cash registers, screens, keyboards and other apparatus used for ticket sales, plus toilet supplies) every 2-4 hours.
  • Entrance to the venue will be open for at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event in order to guarantee the rule-compliant admission of visitors, including the opportunity to social distance.
  • Services (catering, information points, etc.) in the event area will be scattered as much as possible so as to enforce social distancing.
  • We will guarantee that the coatroom is supplied with disinfectants.
  • We will guarantee enough space between the audience and the performers to hinder the spread of any diseases.
  • We will guarantee that technical units (such as sound and lighting equipment) in public areas are clearly labelled and cordoned off from the audience to minimise any risk of contagion.
  • Parking will be regulated in a way that allows the enforcement of social distancing.
  • The theatre may implement measures stricter than those mentioned above if this helps to halt the spread of the virus.

The Health Board reminds everyone that despite the state of emergency having ended, washing hands, remaining at home when sick and social distancing must still be observed in order to stop the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which leads to the disease COVID-19. Coronavirus spreads mainly through close contact. Close contact is a situation in which individuals are less than two metres apart for longer than 15 minutes.

COVID-19 is a respiratory droplet disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which spreads from person to person through sneezing and coughing and via contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.