To wear a mask or not to wear a mask? That’s one big question theaters in Utah are now facing as it was announced in early May that most state and local health orders are coming to an end.

Here’s a breakdown of how several Utah theaters are responding.

Note: This list is not all-inclusive and will be updated as new information comes in.

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Hale Center Theater Orem

Beginning May 21, Hale Center Theater Orem will no longer require its patrons to wear masks.

“Due to many factors, including the CDC’s announcement ... that individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in or outdoors, our current mask requirement will change next Friday, May 21st, at which point patrons at Hale Center Theater Orem will no longer require a mask inside the building,” the theater wrote in a Facebook post on May 14.

“We continue to encourage anyone attending the theater to wear a mask, and understand that alongside the relief of mask mandates coming to an end, there are many questions and concerns,” the post continued.

People who are uncomfortable with the theater lifting its mask requirement can reschedule their tickets or receive a gift certificate for a future performance, according to the Facebook post.

Hale Center Theater Orem is currently in the middle of a production of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” which runs through June 5.


Hale Centre Theatre

The Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy rolled back its mask requirement on May 4.

“The state of Utah recently made changes to COVID-19 regulations,” the theater wrote on Facebook. “Masks are welcome at HCT. The state of Utah does not require masks in public and HCT is following that guideline. Masks are welcomed, but not required.”

Currently, Hale Centre Theatre is in the middle of a sold-out production of “Les Miserables” and a production of “Daddy Long Legs.”

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Centerpoint Legacy Theatre

Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, located in Centerville, still requires its patrons to wear masks, according to the COVID-19 safety plan listed on the theater’s website.

The theater is currently performing Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” which runs through May 15. The theater will then begin a monthlong production of “Newsies” on June 18.


Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake Acting Company is moving forward with a virtual production of Audrey Cefaly’s “Alabaster,” which will stream on-demand from May 10 to May 30.

“Costumes, props, sets and lighting equipment were designed to be shipped, installed and filmed at the respective actors’ homes in order to replicate (as much as possible) a live, in-person production,” the theater said in statement recently sent to the Deseret News.


Salt Lake County arts venues

On May 1, Salt Lake County arts venues — including Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theater and Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center — announced that seating capacity could increase to 50%, with 3 feet of distance between parties.

All of these venues still require patrons to wear face coverings.

The Utah Symphony is wrapping up its season at the end of May with a run of performances under the direction of music director Thierry Fischer.

The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center has a production of “Matilda,” put on by the Jaks Theatre Company, running May 26-31. And the Eccles Theater has a show on May 21 featuring Mat and Savanna Shaw, a daddy-daughter duo from Kaysville that went viral at the start of the pandemic.

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Tuacahn Amphitheatre

Located in southern Utah, Tuacahn Amphitheatre is currently requiring patrons to wear masks — but some guidelines could change “in the near future.”

“As Utah’s largest professional theatre, Tuacahn Amphitheatre is following mutually agreed upon guidelines with Actors Equity Association (AEA), which does require patrons to wear masks at performances,” the theater said in a statement to the Deseret News. “However, we may be changing masks policies for our outdoor amphitheatre in the near future as we continue to work closely with AEA and our local health officials.”

The theater’s 2021 Broadway season begins May 7 with “Beauty and the Beast,” which will run through Oct. 23. The company will also soon begin performances of “Annie,” running from May 14-July 10, according to its website.


Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently finalized an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association that will allow them to continue moving forward with its 2021 season — the festival’s 60th anniversary.

As part of that agreement — which has been in the works for two months — the entire Utah Shakespeare Festival company must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and regularly tested, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News. Work and performance areas will be cleaned regularly, and all company members will be required to wear masks at all times except for when performing on stage.

Audience members are also required to wear masks at all times in the theater and other performing spaces.

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“This is the last step in ensuring that we have an absolutely great 2021 season,” Frank Mack, the festival’s executive producer, said in a statement. “We start rehearsals on May 10 for what I expect to be one of the best seasons at the Festival ever. It’s our 60th anniversary, the season is dedicated to our founder, Fred C. Adams, and it marks a return to producing after missing the 2020 season.”

“Our patrons have been so supportive, already buying lots of tickets for the coming season; and I could not be more joyful in anticipating welcoming our guests back to the festival after a too-long absence,” he continued.

The festival’s 60th season will run June 21-Oct. 9 and feature the following eight plays: “Pericles,” “Richard III,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “Cymbeline,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Ragtime,” “The Comedy of Terrors” and “Intimate Apparel.”