Daytime visitors stand in line on Tenth Street, waiting to enter the lobby of Ford’s Theatre to start their tour or the site.
Photo by Gary Erskine.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

Historic Site Open Daily

We have timed-entry every half hour. The Theatre is not included in every ticket. The site is open daily.

We’ve made some changes to help keep you, our staff and our artists safe and healthy. This page will be updated regularly with the latest information for gathering together.

The Ford’s Theatre COVID-19 guidance is being developed in collaboration with the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA). As one of the largest physician groups in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, GW MFA is recognized for excellence in clinical care, research and training of future care providers. The advice and expertise of the medical staff at the GW MFA, has helped us to strengthen our safety procedures so we can better serve and protect our patrons, artists and staff as we look toward resuming productions and ramp up tours.

Vaccine and ID Requirements for Patrons

Ford’s Theatre requires its patrons to adhere to the following guidelines for Historic Site Visits, Mainstage Performances, and Ford’s Theatre’s Investigation: Detective McDevitt tour.

Historic Site Visits

  • Face masks are optional for daytime visitation.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for daytime visits.

Mainstage Performances

  • Face masks are strongly encouraged during all mainstage performances for patrons.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for patrons who attend mainstage performances.

What to Expect

We are implementing the following measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Staff Vaccination Policy

Ford’s Theatre Society staff adhere to a vaccination and testing policy.

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Wear a Face Covering

Face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

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Increased Cleaning

Our staff will clean continuously throughout the day and give extra attention to high-touch areas and restrooms.

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Improved Air Circulation

For improved air quality, Ford’s has upgraded the theatre HVAC systems with MERV13 filters per CDC recommendation.

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Low-Touch Experience

We will have low-contact check-in when you arrive on sit

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Keep Your Hands Clean

We’ve installed additional sanitizing stations throughout the site as well as signs about proper hygiene.

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Stay Home if You’re Sick

For the health and safety of yourself and others, stay home if you are ill.

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Wellness Checks for Staff

All employees and volunteers are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to work. Employees and volunteers exhibiting indication of illness upon their arrival or during their shift will be asked to go home and remain in quarantine.

About Your Visit

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Ford’s Theatre, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. We expect visitors to comply with all safety protocols, and we reserve the right to refuse entry or service if protocols are not followed.