Chorus of Westerly COVID-19 Policies

Policies and procedures are also subject to change at anytime.



1. Be advised: Anyone entering the George Kent Performance Hall ('Kent Hall') at any time for any purpose, event, visit, rehearsal, concert, reception, rental or any other activity is entering a closed indoor space where there is frequent, active and close choral singing/vocal activity and/or closely seated audiences during this time of Covid-19 and its spread. Anyone entering Kent Hall is entering at their own risk. 

While the Chorus of Westerly takes Covid-19 and its spread very seriously and has instituted procedures, policies, and protocols to minimize Covid-19 risk/spread so that ALL activities in Kent Hall are presented as safely as possible, it makes no guarantees to anyone regarding Covid-19 and its spread while inside Kent Hall. If you are uncomfortable with this risk or do not accept it for yourself or members of your family or household, do not enter Kent Hall.


2. Masks required at all times for those unvaccinated: Those unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated against Covid-19 MUST wear a facial covering (mask) that covers their mouth and nose fully AT ALL TIMES while in Kent Hall. This requirement includes any unvaccinated adults and all unvaccinated children over the age of two (2). Unvaccinated individuals who do not compile with this requirement will be denied entry and/or asked to exit Kent Hall. No ticket refunds are possible if someone is asked to leave the hall or denied entry to to the hall for failure to comply with this requirement.

3. If you are displaying any Covid-19 Symptoms, have been ordered to quarantine, have had a recent close contact/exposure to someone with Covid-19, or a member of your immediate household is Covid-19 positive, you may NOT come into Kent Hall. Please stay home. Everyone must, before coming into Kent Hall, screen themselves for Covid symptoms. You can find the RI state screening tool here.


For those attending the Messiah Sing on December 4 or a Christmas Pops performance on December 18 at 7 pm and December 19 at 3 pm


For our December events, Kent Hall's audience policies are very similar to those adopted across Rhode Island by the other performing arts venues (such as the Gamm Theatre, Trinity Rep, the Vets, and PPAC).
Policies are subject to change at any time.


1. With no exceptions, ALL Kent Hall audience members over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the performance unless actively drinking or eating.

2.  Before entering Kent Hall, with no exceptions, ALL audience members will have to show proof of full Covid vaccination (their Covid card and ID/an electronic copy on their phone is acceptable; 14 days must have passed since last dose) OR, if unvaccinated, present results and evidence of a negative PCR Covid test taken up to 72 hours before the performance OR proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid/antigen test taken on the same day and within 8 hours of the performance. Audience members are alerted that no refunds on their event tickets are possible for failure to produce Covid vaccination proof or negative test proof day at the event. This requirement includes all adults and children over the age of 2.

Questions can be directed to Jill Hirst by emailing or by calling the box office at 401.596.8663.


Note: For the Christmas Pops performances, the singers of the Chorus of Westerly WILL be wearing facial coverings/masks as will most members of the orchestra. Be advised, however, some orchestra members will not always be able to wear masks (because they are playing their instruments) and the conductor also may not be wearing a mask. However, ALL of our performers in Pops are also subject to similar Covid-19 vaccination requirements and/or negative testing proof.



1. For private Kent Hall rentals/events not produced by the Chorus (and/or without a ticketed event "audience") masking policies and vaccine checks will be set on a case-by-case basis unless local regulations dictate a particular policy and communicated to the outside users upon rental agreement. However, until further notice, all outside users of Kent Hall will require those unvaccinated attending to wear a mask at all times while in Kent Hall. Questions can be directed to 401.596.8663.

2. Chorus singers and program participants at Kent Hall (classes and such) will be told via email or told directly current Covid rehearsal/class/program policies and regulations for their particular program by the appropriate staff member for their activities. Questions can be directed to 401.596.8663.

3. The Speakeasy Choir Program, usually held the third Friday of each month at the United Theatre on Canal Street, will require masks/facial coverings of all participants AND proof of Covid vaccination (Covid-19 card) OR proof of negative Covid PCR test. Please click here for the United Theatre's specific regulations and most current guidelines.

4. All Other Off-Site Programs -  Covid policies will be set, based on, and enforced by the various locations/venues where the activities will take place.