COVID-19 Health and Safety

All visitors must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines on site.

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We’re eager to welcome you back through our doors! 

We are operating with limited days and hours during our current level of our reopening. Only the museum and theatre are open; the Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits remain closed. We’ve made some changes to help keep you, our staff and our artists safe and healthy. This page will be updated regularly with the latest information for gathering together.

Vaccine and ID Requirements for Performance Patrons

  • Face masks are required. KN95/N95 masks are strongly encouraged.
  • For entry to a performance, all ticketed patrons are required to provide a government-issued photo ID and proof of full vaccination (a physical copy or digital photograph of vaccination card). We are unable to accept CLEAR or similar third-party apps.
  • Ford’s Theatre will not accept negative COVID-19 rapid or PCR tests for unvaccinated individuals. All performance patrons must be fully vaccinated.
  • Children ages 5 and older must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a vaccination card.
  • “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days since the final vaccine dose in the regimen.
  • Acceptable forms of government-issued photo IDs include driver’s licenses and passports.
  • Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult that meets the above requirements.
  • Performance ticket holders who do not comply will not be admitted.
  • This policy does not apply to daytime visitation at the historic site.


Everyone in my party is fully vaccinated and over the age of 5. What do we need to bring?
All patrons must provide proof of full vaccination (defined as 14 days past the final vaccine dose in a two-dose regimen) and a government-issued photo ID. Please bring either your vaccination card or a photo of your card. We are unable to accept CLEAR or other third-party apps.

I am coming with a child who is over the age of 5. What do I need to bring?
If the child is fully vaccinated, they must show their vaccine card or a photo of the vaccine card with a final vaccine dose date of at least 14 days before the performance date. Unvaccinated individuals will not be permitted at performances.

What if someone in my party is not fully vaccinated?
Anyone who is not yet 14 days past their final vaccine dose in a CDC or WHO-approved vaccine regimen will not be admitted to a Ford’s Theatre performance.

Do I need to wear a mask?
All patrons are required to wear a mask for performances. We have adult and child masks available upon request on site if you do not have one.