Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations which include the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, have united and agreed to uphold vigilant healthy and safety protocols for the protection of our community, patrons, artists, and staff to maintain the economic stability of our institutions. Ringling College Library Association is joining this effort and effective September 26, 2021, we will be uniformly implementing the following policies for all patrons attending TOWN HALL presentations:

  • A negative PCR COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider/official testing center no earlier than 72 hours before the time of their performance. OR:
  • A negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider/official testing center no earlier than 24 hours prior to the time of their performance.
  • All attendees must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue.

Both physical and electronic presentation of documents will be accepted. Photo identification must accompany the presentation of all documents.

If patrons prefer, CDC or other official vaccination record showing the patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose) may be voluntarily presented at the door as an acceptable alternative to negative COVID-19 test results.

Protocols will be revisited and may be revised based on CDC guidance and the evolving circumstances of the pandemic, including use of additional screening protocols.

Additionally, RCLA has put into place the following safety measures:

All RCLA staff, volunteers, and teams have been fully vaccinated; and all volunteers and staff interacting with patrons will be masked.

Masks:  Patrons are encouraged to bring their own masks, however, there will be disposable masks available, if necessary.

Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the facility and event spaces.

Theatre seats will be disinfected between all performances.


Where can I receive a COVID-19 Test?

If you are located in Sarasota County, please visit to view active Covid-19 Testing sites.