Health and Safety

Starting September 20, 2021, to ensure the health and safety of all patrons, staff, and artists, One Yellow Rabbit, Arts Commons and the Resident Companies of Arts Commons will require audience members 12 years and older to show proof of vaccination. Those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before attending any in-person, indoor event at Arts Commons.

Entry will be denied for those who cannot provide the required documentation at the time of their event, and will be redirected to the box office; ticket refund or exchange opportunities will be available to you.  To find out more, read our Ticketing Frequently Asked Questions. 

This policy joins our existing health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory mask-wearing at all times (when not eating or drinking) and parameters for encouraged social distancing and frequent hand sanitization.

Resident Companies of Arts Commons include Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and Theatre Calgary.

The venues at Arts Commons include Big Secret Theatre, Engineered Air Theatre, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre, Max Bell Theatre, and Motel Theatre. 


Who does this policy apply to?

  • It currently applies to audience members 12 years and older. When vaccines are approved for children under the age of 12, we will revisit the applicable age range for this policy. Note: Though children under 12 are exempt from this policy, they must be attended by an adult who meets the criteria outlined in this policy while attending an event or performance at the Big Secret Theatre and all venues inside of Arts Commons.

Why are these measures being put into effect and for how long? 

  • It was a very difficult decision to close our doors and cancel our productions in March of 2020, but it was done with the good of public health in mind. That continues to guide our decisions, even as we open our doors for indoor live performances once again (which we are extremely excited to do). These policies are reflective of the current consensus of scientific experts regarding best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19. Thorough clinical trials have proven vaccines to be safe, effective and our best protection against infection.
  • The vaccination and mask policies will come into effect on September 20, 2021 across all venues at Arts Commons, including the Big Secret Theatre. One Yellow Rabbit, Arts Commons and all of the Resident Companies at Arts Commons will revisit these policies in the coming months as needed, and will respond to recent best practices from public health experts and data. At this moment, we do not know when they will no longer be needed.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test every time I come to the Big Secret Theatre and Arts Commons?

  • Yes, we will need to verify your vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test for every One Yellow Rabbit indoor performance or event held in Arts Commons. 

What else do I need to bring?

  • Audience members will also need to present government-issued ID that matches their vaccination or negative test documentation.

What qualifies as “vaccinated” in this policy?

  • Audience members are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after they have received a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.

The following list details the COVID-19 vaccines that have been currently approved for use by Health Canada:

Two-dose vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)

Moderna (mRNA-1273)

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)

Single-dose vaccine:

Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

Does Arts Commons comply with the Restriction Exemption Program?

  • Yes, Arts Commons meets and exceeds the Restriction Exemption Program.

What vaccination documentation are you accepting?

The following documentation is acceptable:

  • Hard copy documentation of their vaccination distributed at the time of vaccination (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered) 
  • Hard copy print-out of immunization record provided by a pharmacist (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered)
  • A photo of such documentation with the attendee’s name clearly visible 
  • Immunization records on apps such as 
  • Province of Alberta’s printable vaccination card (effective Sept. 16, 2021) 
  • Any other official provincial, territorial, or federal apps
  • Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.

What proof of a negative COVID-19 test are you accepting?

The following documentation is acceptable:

  • Photographs, PDF’s, or hard copies of negative test documentation with the attendee’s name and date of test (no more than 72 hours in advance of the performance date) clearly visible
  • The COVID-19 test must be privately-paid and not from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories; self-administered tests will not be accepted
  • The COVID-19 test must be either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), which includes PCR tests, or an antigen test, including rapid antigen tests

Do you store this information anywhere?

  • No information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations or tests will be stored, scanned, or shared. 

Can I send this information to One Yellow Rabbit in advance?

  • Please do not send your documentation to One Yellow Rabbit before arriving at your venue as we cannot file this information.

I am not vaccinated. Are there any exceptions?

  • Attendees who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief do not have to be fully vaccinated, but do need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours.

Will there be separate section for vaccinated vs unvaccinated patrons?

  • No, we will not be allocating seats according to vaccination status. 

I’m vaccinated. Do I need to wear a mask?

  • To ensure we are creating the safest environment possible for our artists, patrons, and staff, we are requiring all audience members to wear a mask continuously while indoors at Arts Commons, regardless of vaccination status. Audience members may only remove their mask while eating or drinking.

Are artists exempt from this policy?

  • Those who are performing, presenting or speaking on the Big Secret Theatre stage or any of the Arts Commons stages will be able to remove their masks for the duration of their performance or event.

I have a medical exemption from wearing a mask. What do I do?

  • If an audience member cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, proof of a medical mask exemption must be provided to the box office prior to the date of the performance. 
  • Ways to accommodate attendance at a performance will be considered based on the ability to provide distanced seating at individual venues.

Are face shields acceptable face coverings?

  • The bylaw defines a face covering as one that inclusively covers the mouth, nose and chin, ensuring a barrier that limits the transmission of infectious respiratory droplets, aligning with CDC recommendations.
  • A face shield only meets the definition of a face covering if it fully covers the mouth, nose and chin. Face shields that do not fully wrap around the face and chin do not qualify as they are not effective in limiting the spread of infectious respiratory droplets.

My child is too young and won’t wear a mask?

  • Everyone regardless of age and vaccination status will be required to wear a mask to ensure the safety of staff, patrons, artists, and crew members.

Will the people staffing events be adhering to these protocols? 

  • One Yellow Rabbit staff, contractors, volunteers, and artists will be required to comply with these health and safety protocols.

What if I forget my documentation at home?

  • We encourage you to bring digital documentation on a mobile device to have the easiest entry into the building as possible. If that’s not an option, we will have a computer available to pull up an account or email if a document is saved there. If a hard copy is an attendee’s only option but it was forgotten at home, we will direct you to our box office to find another solution, which may be to reschedule your tickets for another date.

What if I don't want to get vaccinated or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

  • A ticket refund my be possible.  Please contact our Box Office to see what options are available to you.