Health and Safety


Our expectation is that our community and its visitors will be fully vaccinated.

No one will be asked to take off personal protective equipment.

It is the intention of the department that all artistic and physical choices are viewed
from this perspective and reviewed appropriately.


If anyone in the Theater/Dance community needs clarification about the safety of our environments, we welcome inquiries. Please contact either Directors of Performance: Ann Sheffield or Brandon Whited.


Please visit the UCSB Covid-19 information pages for the most up-to-date campus information.


Visitors to campus can be asked to complete the On Demand screening survey or the COVID-19 Screening for Minor Children. This survey produces clearance certificates that are emailed to the survey taker for use on campus when required. The On Demand Screening Survey also fulfills the recommendations that campus visitors using our facilities should attest that their COVID-19 vaccines are up to date, or show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Visitors and non-campus affiliates should comply with the California Department of Public Health recommendations to reduce COVID-19 transmission at large events.

UC Santa Barbara strongly recommends masking in indoor spaces. We highly recommend that everyone onsite wears N95, KN95, KF94, or FFP2 masks, as they have been shown to be some of the most effective at protecting against COVID-19 transmission. If these masks are not available, double masking is strongly recommended. Patrons must bring and wear their own face coverings that fully cover both the nose and mouth or use one provided by the department as available. Face shields and/or goggles with a mask are acceptable, but are not acceptable on their own. Masks are strongly recommended at all times in the lobby, restrooms, and in the venues during performances. 

Individuals are considered up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination if they are either:

  • fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose; or
  • fully vaccinated and not yet eligible to receive a booster dose

Individuals are considered compliant at UC Santa Barbara if they have provided verification of having received vaccinations approved by FDA or WHO to meet the University of California - Policy on Vaccination Program, or have obtained an approved medical or religious exception.

A note about our venues: All buildings on campus have been evaluated by UCSB Design, Facilities & Safety services in consultation with campus and outside experts, and ventilation meets standards defined by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA. Our Facilities Management colleagues have sought to maximize building ventilation and filtration levels wherever possible, consistent with best industry practices.

The department will continue to share safety updates by email, social media, and through our website as the 21-22 events continue. If you are feeling under the weather, please stay home and continue regular handwashing and hand sanitizing. Thanks for being a partner with the campus community to make our events accessible and safe.

CA Dept of Public Health Vaccination site:

CA Dept of Public Health Testing site: