Health and Safety
One of TimeLine’s core values is “Healthy & Safe.” To the best of our ability, we will ensure a clean environment and nurture wellness for our staff, audiences, performers, and production teams. The following protocols have been developed by our COVID Safety Committee with advice from public health experts and our peers across Chicago. All policies are subject to change based on evolving guidance from the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the CDC.
TimeLine also has joined a growing coalition of more than 65 performing arts venues and producers across Chicagoland that have agreed to ensure COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for audiences, artists, and staff. The protocols we will be enforcing, along with our peers across the city, include:
- Patrons must be masked and fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine, or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours before the event, in order to attend a performance.
These protocols are subject to change as the pandemic evolves.
Vaccinations Required for Entry
All guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine. “Fully vaccinated” means that the performance date must be at least 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. This vaccine requirement also applies to our artists and staff.
Proof of vaccination—displayed either on a smartphone or with a physical copy of the vaccination card—must be presented at time of entry into the theater.
For your safety, as well as that of our artists and staff, TimeLine Theatre and Theater Wit will not admit any guests who do not provide the documentation as required above.
Masking is currently required for all audiences and front-of-house staff, regardless of vaccination status, as per the City of Chicago and CDC’s health advisory. TimeLine Theatre staff will be following CDC guidance to determine what is an appropriate face covering. Any patrons or guests arriving without an appropriate face covering will be provided a disposable face mask.
Sanitization and HVAC
In coordination with staff at Theater Wit, TimeLine will ensure that all high-touch surfaces are cleaned regularly. There will also be hand-sanitizer stations available, although we encourage our audiences to wash their hands as often as possible.
Theater Wit has an upgraded HVAC system that increases the number of air exchanges to remove aerosolized droplets and provides updated filtering to meet CDC and city standards.
Ticketing and Risk Assumption
TimeLine will continue to be a first-come, first-served general admission theatre. Following the protocols above will allow us to operate at full capacity (99 seats).
Patrons who are not feeling well, are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or have had or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, should not attend a show. If you are unable to attend a performance due to these reasons, please contact us to discuss flexible exchange and refund options.
All patrons understand that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing tickets and attending TimeLine Theatre productions voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Theatre Wit Protocols
Both productions of TimeLine’s 2021-22 Season will be presented at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., in Chicago. This alternate location was chosen to best support current COVID-19 safety protocols for audiences, artists, and staff.
Theater Wit has many strategies to support safe theater attendance that you can read about on their website.
Details as of September 23, 2021.