About the Center: COVID Policy

Your health and safety are important to us.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) must carefully consider the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and artists as we welcome the public to our campus. In keeping with recent developments in the national concert industry, other major performing arts institutions, and Center for Diseases Control and Prevention and state guidelines, the following audience protocols will be implemented until further notice.

Masks are required for everyone two (2) years and older in ALL indoor spaces on the Center’s campus while not actively eating or drinking.  Masks must be made of paper or cloth and cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly on your face.

Read California Department of Public Health’s guidance on the use of  masks.

Vaccination/testing documentation is not required for outdoor events.

Indoor Theater Venues

All guests six (6) years and older must show proof of full vaccination or a negative test. Anyone 16 years and older also must photo ID to enter our theaters.

Trained CCAE staff and security will review your proof of vaccination and ensure it matches your photo ID. Please plan to arrive early to allow time for check-in.  Guest who do not comply will not be admitted.

Accepted proof of vaccination includes the following options:

  • A physical vaccination card
  • A picture of your vaccination card
  • A digital vaccination record

Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.

Conference Center Events

Vaccination/testing documentation is not required for Conference Center events.

If you have questions about an upcoming Conference Center event, please contact the organization hosting on the event.


What precautions is the Center taking to keep patrons safe?

  • Hand-sanitizing stations are readily available throughout the venues
  • Custodial staff regularly sanitize high-traffic, high-touch areas before, during, and after each performance
  • CCAE installed all new air handling systems during our closure in 2020. We upgraded to a system that uses MERV-13 filters, which are similar to those installed in hospitals

Why are vaccinations required for the theater?

  • The majority of artists and performers are requesting that audience members be vaccinated to allow shows to continue while keeping us all saf

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