Earlier this year, summer was painted as a possible return to normalcy, where Marylanders could finally dine out, gather with loved ones and enjoy concerts — mostly free from the fear of spreading COVID.
But then the coronavirus delta variant reared its ugly head, leading to a rise in cases and hospitalizations. That and a seemingly stagnant vaccination campaign have led some notable Baltimore area businesses to act.
Here’s where you need to show proof of vaccination in the Baltimore area.
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
The ASO will require audiences to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks indoors starting Oct. 1, when its first concert will be held. A vaccination card or vaccine confirmation app will suffice.
All ASO staff and musicians are fully vaccinated, according to its website.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The BSO will require proof of vaccination to attend indoor concerts at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, beginning Sept. 1. A photo or physical copy of a vaccination card, along with matching photo ID, will be accepted. Children younger than 12 will not be permitted, as they aren’t eligible for the vaccine.
The downtown Baltimore theater requires either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours upon entry.
The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore is requiring proof of vaccination upon entry for all guests older than 12 through at least Dec. 31. Guests older than 12 who can’t be vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious belief must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from the past 72 hours. Guests can bring their vaccination card or present clear photos of its front and back. Guests older than 18 are also required to show photo ID. Guests must be at least 14 days after their last shot. Those who do not comply will be denied entry and may not have their tickets refunded, according to the Hippodrome’s website.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia will require proof of full COVID vaccination to attend events beginning Oct. 17. The policy also applies to 9:30 Club, the Anthem and Lincoln Theatre, which are operated by the same company.
Until then, the previous policy of requiring full vaccination or a negative test from the past 72 hours, with a matching photo ID, remains in effect
The venue and bar requires proof of vaccination of all customers. A photo of the vaccination card will suffice.
The Baltimore rock venue requires those attending their events to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of the event. The policy has already taken effect.
The Queen’s Truckstaurant
The Hampden restaurant and food truck requires proof of vaccination for guests for both indoor and outdoor seating.
Rams Head Live
The music venue will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for staff and those attending the concerts beginning Aug. 17. Both physical and digital copies of a COVID-19 vaccination record card will be acceptable.
The COVID-19 test must be taken within 72 hours of the event.
Silver Queen Café
The Northeast Baltimore café will require proof of vaccination for guests dining inside. They will accept the vaccination card, a photo of the card or MyIR Mobile, an app that stores immunization records.
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Masks are required when not seated.
Training House Gym
The facility is requiring proof of vaccination of its members and athletes. The policy takes effect Sept. 4.
The gym also requires children who are currently ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to wear masks.
True Chesapeake Oyster Co.
The Hampden restaurant will require proof of vaccination for all diners beginning Aug. 18. A copy or photograph of vaccination cards and certified electronic vaccination records will be acceptable.
Front-line workers and diners who provide a proof of vaccination dated August or September will receive a free beverage.
This article has been updated to reflect that True Chesapeake Oyster Co. will accept proof of vaccination only.