GREENSBORO, N.C. — Editor note: The video displayed above is from a story filmed on October 19, 2019.
Guests attending select upcoming shows at the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro will need to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Updated health guidelines on the event center's website say the requirements will be in place for select shows.
Currently, the requirements only apply to the Rhiannon Giddens performance, set for September 2, 2021.
Anyone who purchases a ticket to the show will need to be fully vaccinated and show proof, with either a vaccination card or a printed copy of a vaccination record, which matches the ID of the person attending the show.
We met with community members who support the decision. One man lives in the Triad and has a season pass for events at the performing arts center.
"It makes me feel safer, especially with the delta variant being as widespread as it is now," said Nigel Espey.
Those who are not vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the show.
A local healthcare worker with young daughters who likes to attend events and shows says she's pleased to hear about the vaccination requirements.
"If we're to gather in public places, especially if we're unable to have social distancing of 6 feet apart, I think that it is important," said Sandra Catu.
The testing requirement also applies to those younger than 12 who are currently not eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to these precautions, due to the Guilford County mask mandate, guests currently need to wear a mask while at shows inside the Tanger Center.
When it comes to future shows, including the slate of Broadway shows, the Tanger Center website says it is always consulting with public officials and theatrical unions, and health and safety protocols may be in place at the time of other performances.
The Ramkat in Winston-Salem will also be requiring people to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
According to the music venue's Facebook page, the negative test must be a PCR lab test result 48 hours prior to the scheduled event. They say at-home rapid test will not be accepted.
The requirements will go into effect Friday, August 27.