After a few months of relative normalcy and fewer restrictions, the city of Philadelphia announced new indoor masking and proof-of-vaccination requirements for all indoor spaces within city limits.
Since the new policy went into effect on Aug. 12, more and more institutions in the area are requiring patrons to show their vaccination card (normally either the physical copy or a photo of it will do) to access their services.
Now, you must show your vaccination card at restaurants throughout the city, along with large performance venues, universities, gyms, and more.
See below for a list of businesses in Philly requiring proof of vaccination to enter the premises.
This list will be updated. See something missing? Please email us.
A growing number of Philly restaurants require people who are dining indoors to show proof of vaccination. Note: under the city’s mandate, children under 12, who can’t currently get vaccinated, are not allowed to dine indoors — but they can take masked trips to the bathroom.
Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s, and Pistolas del Sur📍263 S. 15th St., 19 W. Girard Ave., 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., 🛑 proof of vaccination required for indoor dining
underground concepts (the daily., broadhall., annex., foundation.)📍699 N. Broad St., 🛑 proof of vaccination required for indoor dining
For more information about restaurants requiring proof of vaccination, click here.
Venues and festivals
Major performing arts venues are requiring guests to show proof of vaccination in order to gain entry to the space, but even if a particular venue does not require proof of vaccination, individual artists and bands can require a vaccinated-only show. So, just because you don’t need to show your vaccination card for one show doesn’t mean you won’t need it for another at the same venue.
Fringe Festival📍Citywide, 🛑 proof of vaccination required for indoor FringeArts Curated events
New Jersey Theatre Alliance 🛑 The following theaters in New Jersey require all audience to wear masks, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, with no exceptions: Art House Productions (Jersey City), Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal); Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope/Lambertville); Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick); Eagle Theatre (Hammonton); East Lynne Theatre Company (Cape May); Epic Actor’s Workshop (Old Bridge); George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick); Hudson Theatre Works (Weehawken); Jersey City Theater Center (Jersey City); Luna Stage (West Orange); McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton); Mile Square Theatre (Hoboken); The New Jersey Play Lab; New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch); Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn); Passage Theatre Company (Trenton); Pushcart Players (Verona); The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison); Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City); Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven), Women’s Theatre Company (Lake Hiawatha); Vanguard Theater Company (Montclair); and Vivid Stage (formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit); and American Theater Group🛑 And the following New Jersey theaters require indoor masking plus proof of vaccination for all audience members over 12, or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 36 hours or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours: Count Basie Center for the Arts (Red Bank), Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown); New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (New Brunswick); South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange); and State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick).
Theatre Philadelphia theaters 🛑 proof of vaccination, or negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance, or negative antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time required. Home tests will not be accepted. The theaters have partnered with Bindle app to verify vaccine and test results. Participating theaters include: 11th Hour Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Alterra Productions, Argent Combat Stage Combat, Azuka TheatreBright Invention, Curio Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Dramatists Guild, Eagle Theatre, EgoPo Classic Theater, FringeArts, The Hum’n’bards, Theatre Troupe, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective, Lantern Theater Company, New Light Theatre, People’s Light, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philly Improv Theater, PlayPenn, Quintessence Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare, Simpatico Theatre, Temple Theaters, Theatre Ariel, Theatre Exile, Theatre in the XTiny Dynamite, The Wilma Theater
For more information about performance venues and music festivals requiring proof of vaccination, click here.
Philadelphia Union: For seats that are within 20 feet of players, ticket holders must show proof of vaccination or get a rapid test on site at the stadium before entering the gates. If it’s a group of ticket holders together and one tests positive, the entire group is not allowed in the stadium.
Going back to the gym is high on many people’s to-do list, but you may be required to show your vaccine card to use the facilities at some of the city’s workout spots.
City Fitness,📍 multiple locations. 🛑 City Fitness asked the city for a 30-day transition period, which is under formal review, it said in an email to members. If approved, unvaccinated members would have 30 days to provide proof of vaccination, and during that transition period, they may still use the facility but must wear a mask. Members who fail to provide proof of vaccination after that will not be permitted entry.
Philly Dance Fitness,📍 multiple locations
Three Queens Yoga,📍 Queen Village
For more information about gyms requiring proof of vaccination, click here.
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The City of Philadelphia requires that all students, staff, and faculty at universities within the city limits are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15, 2021, unless they have a medical or religious exemption.
This goes for students and staff at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University, LaSalle University, Philadelphia Community College, Lincoln University’s West Philly campus, and Thomas Jefferson University.
Jane M. Von Bergen contributed to this story.