Health and Safety



To ensure the health and safety of all patrons, staff, and artists, One Yellow Rabbit and the High Performance Rodeo, along with 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 the High Performance Rodeo and within Arts Commons.

Entry will be denied for those who cannot provide the required documentation at the time of their event.  If you are denied entry, you will be redirected to the box office, where 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 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.

These policies will apply to events at all venues during the High Performance Rodeo.


Who does this policy apply to?

  • It currently applies to audience members 12 years and older. While we recognize that not all children between 5 and 12 years of age will have been able to receive two doses of a vaccine at this time, children must be accompanied by an adult who meets the criteria outlined in this policy while attending an event or performance at the High Performance Rodeo, the Big Secret Theatre and all venues inside of Arts Commons.

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

  • These policies are reflective of the current consensus of scientific experts regarding best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will remain in effect for as long as they are advised by The City of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and Health Canada.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test every time I attend an event at the High Performance Rodeo?

  • Yes, we will need to verify your vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test for every performance and event at the High Performance Rodeo, including One Yellow Rabbit indoor performances or events taking place in Arts Commons public spaces. 
  • Alberta Residents must be able to provide a copy of their QR code for scanning prior to entry into any venue or event.

What else do I need to bring?

  • Audience members will also need to present government-issued ID, such as a Driver’s License or Passport, 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.  Proof of a third “booster” shot is not required at this time, but it is highly recommended.

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)

What vaccination documentation are you accepting?

The following documentation is acceptable:

  • The vaccination record displaying a QR code that is available to all Alberta residents through the government website here
  • A photo of such documentation with the attendee’s name and QR Code clearly visible for scanning.
  • For non-Alberta residents:  Any other official provincial, territorial, or federal apps or documents that show your name and the date of your last vaccination.
  • 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 the High Performance Rodeo, 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 a High Performance Rodeo stage 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?

  • At this time, we must require masks for all patrons, staff and volunteers at events for the safety of all involved.  If you can provide the appropriate documentation to support a medical exemption (see the Government of Alberta guidelines on medical exemptions here please contact our box office and we can discuss re-scheduling or refunding your tickets.

Are face shields acceptable face coverings?

  • The City of Calgary Face Covering 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.
  • 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.

Will the people staffing events be adhering to these protocols? 

  • One Yellow Rabbit and High Performance Rodeo 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 possible entry into your performance venue. 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.