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Read the guidelines on safe theatre visits

Dear theater guest,

The spread of the coronavirus in Estonia is widespread. To ensure the safety of theatre guests and artists, we have implemented measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

By the decision of The Government of the Estonian Republic, the renewed safety rules apply at the Vanemuine Theater. The most important:

  • every theatre guest aged 12 and older must prove their infection safety with a vaccination passport or a certificate of having had COVID-19;
  • from theatre guests aged 12-17 (inclusive), we also approve a certificate of a negative PCR or a rapid antigen test;
  • when coming to theatre, take along a valid personal identity document;
  • it is required to wear a mask.

Detailed instructions to the guest

  • If you have fallen ill or feel ill, please stay at home! This will help to prevent the spread of the virus. The theater has the right to not to allow people with signs of illness into the hall.
  • Every theatre guest aged 12 and older must prove their infection safety – when coming to the theater, please make sure to take along
    • a valid personal identity document (ID-card, driver’s license, passport) and
    • a vaccination passport that validates your full vaccination (the time indicated by the manufacturer must have elapsed since the last dose) or a certificate of having had COVID-19 (in last six months).
    • to theatre guests aged 12-17 (inclusive), we also approve a certificate of a negative PCR or a rapid antigen test that has been issued by a healthcare provider, including done in a general pharmacy (the PCR test is valid in case it has been done not more than 72h and the rapid antigen test not more than 48h before the event).

In cooperation with SYNLAB, the Vanemuine Theatre 12-17-year-old guest with a ticket can make a reliable coronavirus PCR test at SYNLAB with a special price of 5 euros. SYNLAB is supporting the continuation of cultural life during the complicated corona time by covering the rest of the analysis costs. See instructions for discounted testing.

  • Theater guests are required to wear a mask during the entire theater visit.
  • In case a person does not wish to prove that they are non-infectious, they have no right to participate in theater performances. The organizer has no obligation to return the ticket money either. The legal basis for this is the the Law of Obligations Act § 101 section 3.
  • We exchange tickets for the same performance on another date or offer a gift invitation in case the ticket buyer informs of such a wish no later than 7 days before the start of the performance. Please contact kassa@vanemuine.ee.
  • When entering the theater, please wash or disinfect your hands.
  • Keep at least a two-meter distance from other people.
  • The theater has the right to change the seating arrangement if stated so by the Health Board restrictions.
  • The theater has the obligation to reimburse the cost of tickets only when a performance has been canceled. Exceptionally and in case of vacancies, it is possible to exchange tickets. Please contact the Vanemuine Theater box office (kassa@vanemuine.ee).
  • Please ensure that you arrive earlier so there is enough time for your tickets to be checked and to find a parking space. The audience is welcome at the theater one hour before the start of the performance.
  • We recommend pre-booking a table for refreshments on café Shakespeare’s website before the performance to avoid queues.
  • We recommend downloading the Hoia corona app. Switch your phone on flight mode instead of switching it off.

Theater ensures

  • The personnel that has contact with the theater audience wears a mask.
  • The personnel that has contact with the theater audience either holds a valid vaccination passport or a negative coronavirus test result.
  • Tickets will be checked with minimal contact and queues and by observing safe social distancing.
  • Entrance to the venue will be open for at least 1 hour before the start of the event to guarantee the rule-compliant admission of visitors, including the opportunity to social distance.
  • At the end of the performance, we organize the audience leave from the theater hall in a scattered manner.
  • The payment terminals will be placed as far from cashiers as possible.
  • Opportunities for hand-sanitizing are at the entry doors, in the coatroom, and near the caterers.
  • Toilets have running water, soap, paper towels for drying hands, and contactless waste containers.
  • All public rooms and frequently used surfaces (including card payment terminals, cash registers, screens, keyboards, and other apparatus used for ticket sales, and toilet supplies) are being wet-cleaned every 2-4 hours.
  • There is enough space between the audience and the performers to hinder the spread of any diseases.
  • Technical units (such as sound and lighting equipment) in public areas are clearly labeled and cordoned off from the audience to minimize any risk of contagion.
  • By such prescription from the Ministry of Culture or the Health Board, the theatre may implement measures stricter than those mentioned above if this helps to halt the spread of the virus.

Information regarding performances and public safety is being updated on an ongoing basis.

We proceed from the government regulationthe instructions of the Ministry of Culture, the recommendations by the Health Board, and the desire to keep the Vanemuine Theater open and culture available.

Last update on October 29, 2021.

01.11.2020