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Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for entry into our events, but wearing a mask is.

Mask requirement exception: Masks optional at the Renaissance Singalong events 

Disclaimer: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses or bacteria that cause sickness exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to such pathogens during your attendance at our event.

By attending our events in person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to infectious disease and hereby waive all potential claims relating to such risks.

Safety and Service: Gotham Early Music Scene is focused on facilitating outstanding early music performances while keeping our patrons, musicians, and staff safe. We pledge to follow relevant CDC and City guidelines – and in some cases to go beyond them – for those events we service or produce/co-produce.

Basic Requirements:

  • Masks: All artists, audience members, and staff must remain properly masked once inside the venue where a performance takes place. The mask must fully cover the nose and the mouth. Some musicians may choose, once on stage, to perform unmasked. This is allowed only if there are at least six feet between them and the nearest audience members. (Exeptions: Masks optional at the Renaissance Singalong events)
  • COVID Status: If you have tested positive for COVID, or conversely, if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and not had a subsequent negative test, please contact GEMS for a refund and do not attend the event you’ve purchased a ticket for.

What to Expect at the Door:
Once the Greeter has confirmed that you are fully masked and allows you to enter the venue, the rest of the front-of-house experience will be mostly familiar:

  • Box office: Need to buy, pick up or show your previously purchased ticket, go to the box office table.
  • You can then take your seat or ask an usher to help you find seating, general or reserved, as the case may be. In most instances, an usher will hand you a program, but occasionally you may be directed to pick up a program that has been prepositioned at the back of the hall or sanctuary.

Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the start of any program. We cannot guarantee seating for anyone who arrives later.

In the event that COVID-19 infection rates should increase to a level where GEMS chooses to require social distancing at events, even where mask protocols remain in place, we reserve the right to limit the number of concert attendees. In such circumstances, subscribers would be given first access, and then a reduced number of single tickets made available.

Early music is one of the balms that helps all of us maintain our balance and calm in these stressful times. Thank you for showing forbearance as we institute these additional safety measures, which are designed to keep everyone feeling confident and protected as we return to in-person events and rediscover the joys of live music.

We thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation together.

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GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music — playing repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.