Adelaide Fringe leaves it up to venues to decide on vaccination status

The Adelaide Fringe has confirmed that audiences at next year’s event will not be required to be vaccinated.

SA Premier Steven Marshall has ruled out mandating vaccinations for the arts sector despite a push from Adelaide Festival for the government to step in.

Festival director Heather Croall said the decision on vaccination status would be left to the 350 venues hosting shows.

“If the government mandates double vaccination across our sector, we will work closely with SA Health, our venues, artists and audiences to ensure all Fringe activities adhere to the mandate,” Croall told The Advertiser.

“Some Adelaide Fringe venues have stated they do require proof of double vaccination against Covid-19, and this will be clearly messaged on the Adelaide Fringe website at the point of ticket purchase.”

Adelaide Festival Centre will require all attendees to be vaccinated.                                                 Photo: Facebook

The Adelaide Festival Centre’s venues will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated from December 29.

The Venues include the Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre, Artspace and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

“We know how important vaccinations are for the safety of our audiences, artists and staff and we make this decision with health, safety and wellness front of mind,” Festival Centre chief executive Douglas Gautier said told the ABC.

“As a major performing arts venue, we understand how significant this decision is in helping the performing arts industry and home companies get back on track and to maintaining business continuity.

“It will also ensure we can continue to do what we do best — staging the very best live performances from around the world.”