The Chocolate Factory Theater
COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines
(as of September 3, 2021)

Safety Statement

We want everyone to stay healthy and to reduce risk as much as possible. All Employees, Visitors, Patrons are required to:

  • Be Fully Vaccinated
  • Be Symptom-Free
  • Wear Masks (except for special situations during artistic performance and rehearsal)
  • Practice social distancing
  • Provide Weekly Negative PCR Test Results (required for artists participating in maskless performances and rehearsals)

Vaccination Requirements

  • All individuals 12 years of age and older are required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (14 days past their final dose of vaccine) in order to enter the building.
  • Exceptions can be made for people making deliveries or other brief entries that require 10 minutes of access or less and for individuals who enter the establishment solely for the purpose of making necessary repairs.

Proof of vaccination may include:

  • NYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOS
  • Excelsior Pass
  • CDC Vaccination Card (or photo of same)
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • An official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S.

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)

  • Date(s) administered
  • The site where the vaccine was administered, or the name of the person who administered it
  • In addition to the proof of vaccination, all individuals must show proof of identification that matches their proof of vaccination.
  • Employees are required to upload proof of vaccination to Beyondpay “My Documents”. All others will show proof upon entry.


Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and get tested before returning to The Chocolate Factory Theater.

The CDC states that:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Masking Requirements

  • All individuals over the age of 2 (including employees, performers/talent, guests, contractors, vendors and patrons) are only permitted entry into the venue if they wear an acceptable face covering at all times. Performers/talent may temporarily remove their face covering during performances, or when it may interfere with a core activity, such as hair, makeup, or wardrobe. Performers must put on face coverings as soon as practicable following those activities.
  • Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks that cover both the mouth and nose. No masks with valves will be allowed. Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use and may not be shared. Please consult the CDC guidance for additional information on cloth face coverings and other types of PPE, as well as instructions on use and cleaning. The Chocolate Factory advises employees and performers/talent to regularly clean or replace their face coverings if they become wet or soiled.
  • However, cloth, disposable, or other homemade face coverings are not acceptable face coverings for workplace activities that typically require a higher degree of protection for personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the nature of the work. For those activities, N95 respirators or other PPE used under existing industry standards should continue to be used, in accordance with OSHA guidelines. Examples of this work would include additional protection needed for power washing, using toxic chemicals or paints and dust mitigation.

Social Distancing Requirements

All staff, artists, and patrons are expected to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times except when the safety or artistic completion of their job does not allow.

Additional Safety Measures

  • No food or drinks will be served to the public
  • Staff may eat while maintaining social distancing and proper hand hygiene
  • Roll gate doors may be opened to increase air circulation

Testing Requirements

As an added precaution all performers who will take their masks off and those who will be working with them will be required to provide weekly negative PCR tests. The first test results should be 72 hours before the first day of work and testing will be weekly thereafter.