Toward a Safer Table: A Minnesota Pandemic Venue Guide

EDITOR’S NOTE: A new Minneapolis and St. Paul requirement (as of January 19, 2022) that venues serving food and drink must check vaccine status (or negative COVID test results) makes this resource largely obsolete. But we’ll preserve this page as an archive of the times, and potentially bring it back out of the mothballs if events warrant.

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Unlike other some other major U.S. cities (New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, etc.), Minneapolis and St. Paul have not required proof of vaccination status for citizens to dine indoors.

A small group of venues have taken it upon themselves to ask for proof of vaccination to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The venue list below has been verified through websites and/or social media presences (links and text provided in “The Details” section). We have sorted it into “Restaurants, Bars, and Taprooms” and “Performance Venues,” knowing that there is some bleed-through and overlap.

We have also reached out to most venues on the list to ask them to complete a detailed survey asking about a variety of COVID mitigation strategies. We’ll post responses in full from all who respond.

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This list was initially posted here on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 and we will actively maintain it there for the foreseeable future.

This list was updated January 13, 2022 to include a note about the new Minneapolis and St. Paul vaccine requirement for places serving food and drink.

Last update: January 13, 2022.

NOTES

Diners with specific concerns (method of enforcement, compromised immune systems, etc.) should always call ahead and speak to a manager before dining because policies change quickly and unpredictably.

We are asking our subscribers and readers at large to help us keep this resource current and accurate.

If you discover a new restaurant, bar, or venue checking vaccine cards or otherwise making a serious effort to mitigate spread of COVID, please let us know: editor@heavytable.com.

Or if you find that any part of this list is outdated or inaccurate, please let us know and we’ll update our listings.

This extends to non-enforcement; if you visit a publicly enforcing venue and you are not asked for a vaccine card and/or current test results, please let us know and we’ll add a note to the list and reach out to the venue to see if their policy has changed.

THE LIST: RESTAURANTS, BARS, TAPROOMS

ALMA | 528 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis | Details on Instagram

Briefly: “For the continued safety of our staff and guests, we have decided to require that all Restaurant guests provide Proof of Vaccination -OR- a negative PCR test -AND- are asymptomatic upon arrival until further notice. “

AL’S BREAKFAST | 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis | Details posted on chalkboard at door | SURVEY COMPLETED 12-3-21

“Come in if you’re vaccinated!”

CAFE RACER | 2929 East 25th Street, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “Indoor dining reserved for those with proof of COVID vaccination OR a negative COVID test for adult diners […] Please wear a mask when you come into Café Racer Kitchen and remain masked when not at your table.”

DRIFTWOOD CHAR BAR | 4415 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “Please bring proof of covid vaccination (copy on phone is fine) or else a negative covid test result within 72 hours.”

DUAL CITIZEN BREWING | 725 Raymond, St. Paul | Details buried on social media | Survey sent 12-7-21

Briefly: “The policy Dual Citizen will enact moving forward as of Friday 12/10 will be as follows: Beertenders will be required to ask customers to provide their proof of Vaccination card while ID’ing them at the counter. Along with a physical or digital vaccine card a negative test from a third-party testing provider is also accepted. All Staff will be always masked while working at or representing Dual Citizen in the community. Any unvaccinated Employees will be required to provide negative tests to HR on Mondays and Thursdays.”

FAIR STATE BREWING CO-OP | 2506 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis | Details posted on website | SURVEY COMPLETED 12-3-21

Briefly: “Starting Friday, December 10, Fair State requires either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a provider within the last 72 hours, for indoor service at the taproom.”

FIKA AT AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE | 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis | Details posted on website

Briefly: “For all on-site programs, museum admissions, dining at FIKA Café, and shopping in the Museum Store: All visitors age 5-11 must show proof that they have received at least 1 dose of an authorized and approved vaccine.
All visitors age 12 and older must show proof that they have received a full dose of vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine).
All visitors age 3 and up will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit except while actively dining at a table at FIKA Café.”

HARK! CAFE | 430 First Avenue North Ste 150, Minneapolis | Details buried on website | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “When ordering (masked up, please!), let us know if you want to dine indoors. If yes, you’ll be asked to present proof of vaccination (either your card or a photo of it will do the trick) OR proof that you’ve received a negative COVID test in the past 48 hours.”

MODIST BREWING | 505 N 3rd St, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “For all 18+ guests, Modist will require either proof of a full course COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a provider within the last 72 hours, for indoor service at the taproom starting on Thursday, January 6th.

Proof of vaccination or negative test must be shown at the bar upon entry and must clearly match the guest’s ID.”

NAMASTE CAFE | 2512 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “For indoor dining please provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (photo, copy, official app entry). For porch dining no requirement, enjoy our winter garden feel!”

NGON BISTRO | 799 University Ave W, St. Paul | Details posted prominently | SURVEY COMPLETED 11-30-21

Briefly: “Our staff is fully vaccinated & masked. Patio Seating is available without restrictions. Indoor dinning is available with proof of Vaccination using a mobile app or vaccination card.”

NORTHEAST TEAHOUSE | 224 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis | Details on website

Briefly: “Beginning Tuesday, December 14th, we will be requiring proof of either COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a provider within the last 72 hours for indoor service. We require that unvaccinated guests wear a mask while in the Tea House, and opt for our To-Go options.”

OWAMNI | 420 South First St., Minneapolis | Details on website

Briefly: “We deeply regret to announce that we have been forced to cancel all year end reservations at OWAMNI due to Covid-19 concerns (DEC 30-JAN 2). […] We will be reopening January 19th for our Winter Dinner Series. When we reopen, we will require a proof of vaccination to be seated.”

TWIN SPIRITS DISTILLERY | 2931 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis | Details buried on social media | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “Follow the link on our homepage to make a reservation in a private heated greenhouse or a private fire pit – if you want seating inside you need to text 847-668-2013 and you need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of your arrival!”

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W.A. FROST | 799 University Ave W, St. Paul | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “We now require proof of vaccination to dine indoors, or, alternatively, proof of a negative test for Covid-19 within 72 hours of your visit. […] Please bring the original, a copy, or a photo of your vaccine card with you, or proof of a negative Covid test.”

THE LIST: PERFORMANCE VENUES

BLACK HART OF SAINT PAUL | 1415 University Avenue West, St. Paul | Details sent after Twitter inquiry | Listed with Performance Venues as rules apply to performances

Via Twitter DM: “On Friday and Saturday nights after 8PM (and select other times when we’re busy) everyone must show a proof of vaccination or a negative test from the last 72 hours. Essentially, when we have a crowd like for dancing, drag, or burlesque.”

CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER | 416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “The Cedar Cultural Center requires either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test (which was taken 72 hours prior) for any person to enter any events held at The Cedar […] This policy applies to all staff.”

CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES | 501 W 78th St, Chanhassen | Details posted prominently | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “Proof of vaccine required, or test negative within 72 hours of your performance. Mask use required. Throughout the building, at all times. No bandanas or neck gaiters.”

CHILDREN’S THEATER COMPANY | 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis | Details on website

Briefly: “For all public performances of Annie, currently scheduled to run through January 9, 2022, CTC will require everyone ages 12 and a half and older to show proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the performance, in addition to our mask requirements. Children under age 12 and a half will only be required to wear a mask.”

COLLIDE THEATRICAL DANCE COMPANY | 755 Prior Ave. North, St. Paul | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “At this time we are requiring guests to show Proof of Vaccination and/or a negative COVID test (within 48 hours) in order to attend. Masks are also required during the performance. “

DAKOTA | 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently | SURVEY COMPLETED 11-30-21

Briefly: “All performances at the Dakota will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Patrons must have a completed COVID-19 vaccination card or a photo of their card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative COVID-19 test result from 72 hours or less prior to the event.”

DULUTH PLAYHOUSE | 211 E. Superior St., Duluth, Minn. | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “Through December 31, proof of full-course COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 72 hours will be required to be shown by all patrons 12 and older before entering the theater.”

FIRST AVENUE AND 7th STREET ENTRY (including Fine Line, Fitzgerald, Turf Club, and Palace Theater) | Various locations | Details posted on website

Briefly: “Effective immediately, all concerts and events at First Avenue and associated venues will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Patrons must have a completed COVID-19 vaccination card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken 72 hours or less prior to the event.”

GUTHRIE THEATER | 818 South 2nd St., Minneapolis | Details posted on website

Briefly: “All ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a lab-certified negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to entry, plus a valid photo ID. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. Full vaccination means 14 days have passed since receiving a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST (State, Orpheum, Pantages) | Various addresses | Details posted on website

Briefly: “Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required to enter; Guests 12 and over who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the performance or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to the performance; Mandatory face coverings; Vaccinated staff; Staff health checks.”

HISTORY THEATER | 30 East 10th St., St. Paul | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “All audience, artists and staff members will be masked regardless of vaccination status. All audience members, artists and staff members must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide proof (digital or paper) of COVID-19 vaccination. Fully vaccinated means that you have completed your vaccine, whether it’s one dose or two, and the final dose was received at least 14 days prior to performance you are attending.”

HOOK AND LADDER THEATER AND LOUNGE | 3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis | Details posted on website

Briefly: “All performances will require guests show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Acceptable forms will include any digital, photo-copy or hard-copy card that matches the individual’s state-issued ID. We strongly recommend all guests to wear masks indoors while visiting our facilities, unless actively eating or drinking. 100% Vaccinated – The Hook staff and volunteers will be 100% vaccinated and we will require all staff and volunteers to be masked on-site.” 

HUGE Improv Theater | 3037 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “To protect the health and safety of our community while continuing to perform live shows – the following policy is in effect at HUGE at all times:

– Proof of vaccination will be required for entry.
– All patrons, staff and performers must be fully vaccinated. 
– Masks are required at all times (except for performers on stage).” 

JUNGLE THEATER | 2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “The Jungle Theater requires masks for audience members, as well as proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of showtime. Our staff and artists will be fully vaccinated, we’ve upgraded our HVAC systems, and we have enhanced safety and cleaning protocols throughout the building. These protocols will be reviewed regularly and may be extended or relaxed at any time, based on current conditions and evolving medical information.”

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA HALL | 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “We require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test from the last 72 hours prior to entrance or event for anyone entering Orchestra Hall.”

MORTIMER’S | 2001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis | Details buried on social media | Listed with Performance Venues as rules apply to performances | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “We have decided to make it company policy that effective immediately [Sep. 1, 2021] all events will require a proof of vaccination or or a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to the event. Additional mask requirements will continue to be up the the performers.””

PARKWAY THEATER | 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “The Parkway Theater requires either proof of negative test results from a COVID-19 test (taken no more than 72 hours prior to the event), OR proof of a fully completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen for any person in order to attend any event at our venue. The COVID-19 vaccination card must show that the completed vaccination regimen concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event the patron plans to attend.”

PALMER’S BAR | 500 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently | Listed with Performance Venues as rules apply to performances | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “Indoor shows require you to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours. Outdoor shows that are moved indoors because of rain will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.”

PARAMOUNT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | 913 West St. Germain St., St. Cloud, Minn. | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “Paramount Center for the Arts (PCA) requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours of the event for all audience members, class participants, performers, teachers, staff and volunteers. PCA currently requires a mask that covers the nose and mouth when inside the facility (vaccinated and unvaccinated).”

PARK SQUARE THEATRE and STEPPINGSTONE THEATRE FOR YOUTH | 20 West 7th Place, St. Paul | Details posted prominently (also on Steppingstone site)

Briefly: “COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results are required to attend performances. All patrons, staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks inside the venue except while eating or drinking.”

PART WOLF | 501 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently | Survey sent 11-30-21

Briefly: “Events at Part Wolf will require proof of vaccination with the final dose being more than 14 days prior to the event. Guests may also present a negative test result within 72 hours of the event. ID and vaccination cards/negative results need to match.”

PENUMBRA THEATER | 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul | Details posted on website

Briefly: “Entrance to any event requires proof of full vaccination or, for those who are not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. Proof of vaccination may include a physical card or a photo of a complete vaccination card that matches a valid ID. Proof of a negative test may be a printed or digital test result that matches a valid ID.”

STAGES THEATER COMPANY | 1111 Main Street, Hopkins, Minn. | Details posted on website

Briefly: “PROOF OF VACCINATION OR A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT (taken within 72 hours of the performance) AND A PHOTO ID”

STRIKE THEATER | 824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “All patrons, performers, and staff will have to show proof of vaccination (either card, digital, or app) to enter shows. Masks are required in public spaces.”

UNDERGROUND MUSIC CAFE | 408 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis | Details posted prominently

Briefly: “Underground Music Cafe & Event Space will require either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test (which was taken 48 hours prior) to enter any* events held at Underground Music Cafe. The COVID-19 vaccination card must show a completed regimen that concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event that the patron plans to attend. 

THE DETAILS

This section includes specific information about COVID mitigation posted on venue websites and/or social media, plus additional information submitted by venues who filled out our Google form.

AL’S BREAKFAST via Heavy Table survey completed 12-3-21 by Alison Kirwin:

Customers are required to be vaccinated on an honor system; staff are required to be vaccinated; masks required for staff and suggested for customers when not eating/drinking; special sick leave available for staff who contract COVID-19; no contact-free delivery.

CAFE RACER via website:

Indoor dining will be reserved for those with proof of COVID vaccination OR a negative COVID test for adult diners. Reservations can be made by calling 612.208.1695. Outdoor dining and takeout will remain available for anyone who chooses not to provide a test or proof of vaccination. Whatever your vaccination status, please wear a mask when you come into Café Racer Kitchen and remain masked when not at your table. We truly appreciate your help and consideration for our staff and all those we serve. Watch for more details and updates on our website and social media accounts.

CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER via website:

Wednesday, October 26th, 2021
We do not accept Rapid Test Results.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Effective Friday, August 13th, 2021, The Cedar Cultural Center will require either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test (which was taken 72 hours prior) for any person* to enter any events** held at The Cedar. The COVID-19 vaccination card must show a completed regimen that concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event that the patron plans to attend.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test:

Must be shown at time of entry into The Cedar.
Must match the ticket holders ID.
May come in the form of:

A physical vaccination record card, a printed out file of vaccination record, a printed out negative test result, or a digital document on a mobile device (i.e. a photo image of a vaccination record card, a PDF file, a Word file, a Pages file, or other options).

Staff: This policy applies to all staff for all events and it also applies for entry into the building when there are not events.

Questions? Direct them to Executive Director David Hamilton via email at dhamilton@thecedar.org.

CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES via website:

Mask use is required at all times. Proof of vaccination or a negative test is required to attend a performance

DAKOTA via website:

Effective immediately, all performances at the Dakota will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Patrons must have a completed COVID-19 vaccination card or a photo of their card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative COVID-19 test result from 72 hours or less prior to the event. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

While we understand that some patrons may not agree with this policy, we feel that it’s necessary to maximize the health and safety of our staff, artists and patrons. We will be happy to refund tickets to anyone who does not agree with this policy, and we hope to see them again when we all get this pandemic threat behind us.

VIA HEAVY TABLE SURVEY, 11-30-21 by Joe Doermann – Director of Operations:

Photo of vaccine card or similar proof required for entry; vaccine sequences must be up to date; staff required to be vaccinated; masks required for staff, suggested for customers when not eating/drinking; no seating policy to enhance distancing; enhanced ventilation (“we are a large high ceilinged room with dedicated air supply and filtration provided by MERV 10 filters”); no contact-free delivery.

Do you have any special sick leave policies in place to help employees recover from COVID?

All of our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We require anyone with exposure and symptoms to stay away at least 3 days and then begin a round of testing. A negative test would be required to return to work or full 10 day recovery from infection.

Is there anything else that you’d like the public to know about your COVID-19 mitigation policies?

The live music and restaurant industries were some of the hardest hit by the months of shutdown. As a participant in both it is critically important to the survival of the Dakota to do our very best at ensuring the health and safety of our staff, guests, and the artists we present. We take the enhanced COVID-19 admission policy seriously and enforce accordingly. Anyone with tickets to a show that they are unable to attend because of these restrictions will be fully refunded for their purchase.

FAIR STATE BREWING COOPERATIVE via website:

Following many conversations with co-op members, staff, and the community, Fair State Brewing Co-op will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a provider within the last 72 hours, for indoor service at the taproom starting on Friday, December 10.

The new policy, which will aid in keeping staff and guests as safe as possible while providing options for different comfort levels, will be in place daily for indoor seating, as well as all upcoming events including Holiday Stout Explosion on Thursday, December 16 and Festivus on Thursday, December 23.

Proof of vaccination or negative test must be shown at the bar upon entry and must clearly match the guest’s ID.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

  • A physical card
  • A photo of a complete vaccination card
  • Digital immunization records such as Docket or Clear

A variety of negative tests will be accepted, including:

  • Minnesota Department of Health (Vault)
  • An email from the guest’s testing provider
  • Please note screenshots and printouts of test results will not be accepted. Rapid at-home tests are not accepted.

Masks are still strongly encouraged indoors when guests are not actively drinking or eating. Updated protocols will be clearly communicated here on our website, as well as throughout the taproom to help inform guests during their visit.

Also starting on Friday, December 10, outdoor ordering will be available from the beer garden. Guests who are not vaccinated, or prefer not to gather indoors, will be able to order a beer from a QR code to enjoy outside in the beer garden, which is covered and heated during the winter months. Regardless of vaccination status, guests are always welcome to place an order online and pick up beer to go.

We value community and put people first. Our guiding principles to uphold these values since the start of the pandemic have been to operate safely and address issues proactively, swiftly adapt operations to best serve customers and build community, and to protect the ability to continue operating. These new requirements continue to strongly adhere to these principles.

“Our community focus and cooperative structure has helped guide us through these challenging times, and we are extremely grateful to our staff, members, and taproom guests for continuing to adapt.” Matt Hauck, Fair State co-founder and director of retail says, “Our hope is that these changes will allow our community feel more safe and comfortable spending time inside the taproom.”

VIA HEAVY TABLE SURVEY, 12-3-21 by Michelle Bastyr, Marketing Manager:

Vaccine card or negative test result required for guests; staff are required to be vaccinated; masks required for staff, suggested for customers when not eating/drinking; no seating policy to enhance distancing; outdoor beer garden is covered and heated during the winter months.

Michelle Bastyr adds:

Fair State Brewing Co-op will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a provider within the last 72 hours, for indoor service at the taproom starting on Friday, December 10.

All details and FAQs can be found here: https://fairstate.coop/news/updated-covid-19-protocols-at-the-taproom/

Outdoor ordering will be available from the beer garden starting Friday, December 10. Guests who are not vaccinated, or prefer not to gather indoors, will be able to order, pay for, and receive a beer from QR codes without the need to enter the building.

Regardless of vaccination status, guests are always welcome to place an order online and pick up beer to go. All guests are still welcome to briefly browse for merch or to-go beverages.

FIRST AVENUE AND ASSOCIATED VENUES via website FAQ:

What is First Avenue’s current policy regarding COVID-19?

Effective immediately, all concerts and events at First Avenue and associated venues will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Patrons must have a completed COVID-19 vaccination card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken 72 hours or less prior to the event.

* Please note, while this is our standard policy, it is subject to change. In addition, certain shows and/or artists may have modifications or updates to this policy. Please check the individual event page for exact policies and requirements.

What forms of proof are accepted at First Avenue-operated venues?

Proof of vaccination may include a physical card or a photo of a complete vaccination card that matches the patron ID, or digital immunization records such as Docket or Clear.

A variety of tests will be accepted, including from the Minnesota Dept. of Health (Vault). Test results must have the ticket holder’s name clearly stated as the recipient and that must match their government issued ID. Screenshots and printouts of test results will not be accepted.

As of December 1, 2021, rapid at-home tests are no longer accepted, whether they are taken at home or onsite. 

Please note, depending on the artist or show, rapid tests and/or antigen tests may not be allowed, so please look for a pre-show email from AXS and First Avenue to confirm. This information will also be listed on the event page on our website.

If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask even if you’ve received a negative COVID test in the last 72 hours.

Children 5 and over can show a negative test or proof of vaccination to attend. People with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination can attend with proof of a recent negative coronavirus test.

Why is this policy necessary?

Taking this step ensures the safety of our guests, staff, and the artists, and implementing this simple measure minimizes risk and the spread of the virus. First Avenue’s previous policy included mandatory vaccinations for staff, and this is an extension of those precautions.

Where does this policy apply?

This policy pertains to all events at First Avenue, 7th St Entry, Turf Club, Fine Line, The Fitzgerald Theater, and Palace Theatre.

GUTHRIE THEATER via website:

For ticket holders

All ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a lab-certified negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to entry, plus a valid photo ID. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. Full vaccination means 14 days have passed since receiving a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

To attend a performance, all ticket holders must have the following:

Physical vaccination card or a photo of the card on a mobile device OR proof of a lab-certified negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to entry. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. We will accept documentation via the Bindle or Docket apps.

Valid photo ID (ticket holders under age 18 may provide a school photo ID or an official school document with the student’s name)

Mask that securely covers the nose and mouth (no bandanas, neck gaiters or face shields)

Valid Guthrie ticket

Ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted. If you are unable to attend a performance because you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or don’t meet the requirements outlined above, you may call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to exchange your tickets or request a refund.

While these policies are intended to ensure everyone at the Guthrie stays healthy and safe, they do not guarantee protection against COVID-19. Ticket holders assume their own risk when they enter the theater.

What to Expect

For guests visiting the building

All guests must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth when visiting the Guthrie’s indoor and outdoor public spaces during building hours. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not considered acceptable facial coverings. Proof of vaccination is not required. If you need a mask, just ask.

For Guthrie staff

Beginning September 23, 2021, all Guthrie staff, except those who have received an accommodation for medical or religious purposes, must be fully vaccinated. All Guthrie staff are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

HARK! CAFE via website:

Hark! requires proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test for all indoor diners over 12 years old. Takeout and delivery are available for anyone who chooses not to provide a test or vaccination proof.
How this works:

When ordering (masked up, please!), let us know if you want to dine indoors.
If yes, you’ll be asked to present proof of vaccination (either your card or a photo of it will do the trick) OR proof that you’ve received a negative COVID test in the past 48 hours.

If you choose not to provide proof, you’re welcome to enjoy your food to go (remember: we offer delivery too!).

Whatever your vaccination status, please enter the cafe wearing a mask and remain masked when not at your table. We truly appreciate your help keeping Hark! safe for our community.

MORTIMER’S via Facebook:

As many of you may already know, the Mortimer’s venue has been leaving the decision of requiring proof of vaccination or requiring masks up to performers. After listening to our community of friends, patrons, and musicians, we have decided to make it company policy that effective immediately all events will require a proof of vaccination or or a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to the event. Additional mask requirements will continue to be up the the performers.

This is all in aim to keep providing you with the music you love while doing it in a safe space for all. Thanks for your continued support. See you soon! [September 1, FB]

NAMASTE CAFE via website:

For indoor dining please provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (photo, copy, official app entry). For porch dining no requirement, enjoy our winter garden feel!

Please use the QR code at your table to access the menu.

For take-out please wait at our hallway counter for your order. Please order online: namastecafemn.com

NGON BISTRO via website:

Patio Seating is available without restrictions. Indoor dining is available with proof of Vaccination using a mobile app or vaccination card.

VIA HEAVY TABLE SURVEY, 11-30-21 by Hai Truong – chef / owner:

Photo of vaccine card or similar proof required for entry; vaccine sequences must be up to date; staff required to be vaccinated; masks required for staff; no contact-free delivery available.

PALMER’S BAR via website:

Staying safe has been a priority at Palmer’s Bar since the pandemic began and we’ve taken public health guidance seriously. Although the end (of the pandemic!) is near (we hope), it still exists and so when you come to Palmer’s, we ask the following:

  • If you have any symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, or other known symptoms, please stay home.
  • If you’ve had direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last fourteen days, please stay home.

Indoor shows, which start in mid-October, will require you to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.

Outdoor shows that are moved indoors because of rain will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.

PART WOLF via website:

Events at Part Wolf will require proof of vaccination with the final dose being more than 14 days prior to the event. Guests may also present a negative test result within 72 hours of the event. ID and vaccination cards/negative results need to match.

TWIN SPIRITS DISTILLERY via Facebook:

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W.A. FROST via website:

We now require proof of vaccination to dine indoors, or, alternatively, proof of a negative test for Covid-19 within 72 hours of your visit. It is our great responsibility to keep our guests and team as safe as possible.

Please bring the original, a copy, or a photo of your vaccine card with you, or proof of a negative Covid test. As always, if you would like to make special arrangements please do not hesitate to call 651.224.5715.