Keeping you safe at the theatre
We're excited to welcome you safely back to the theatre in 2021. Please find all the information you need for your COVID Safe visit to our performance venues on this page.
Are you unable to attend a performance due to COVID-19? Read more about ticket exchanges.
COVID Safety at Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House's venues, including the Joan Sutherland Theatre, are now open to 100% capacity.
The Opera House and its food and beverage venues are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the Opera House has made some changes to the way it operates. This includes the introduction of a number of new measures:
- QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must check-in upon entry.
- Face masks are strongly recommended for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance.
- Regular cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant.
- Hand sanitiser stations in all paths of travel, frequently accessed areas and near bathroom facilities.
- COVID-19 safety training for all operational, frontline and contract staff, as well as on-site COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshals.
The Sydney Opera House is closely following all NSW Government health guidelines and will continue to update procedures as necessary.
NOTE: The following information relates specifically to Opera Australia performances at the Sydney Opera House. Please consult the Sydney Opera House website for information about other events, tours and experiences at Opera House venues.
Let's stay safe together
When to stay home. For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, you must not visit the Opera House if: you feel unwell or if you are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by NSW Health; you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; you are required to self-isolate; you have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days before your intended date of visit to the Opera House; or you have returned from overseas or have visited a “positive COVID-19 case location” (as outlined by the NSW Government) in the last 14 days before your intended date of visit.
Bring a facemask. Face masks are strongly recommended for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Sustainability is important to us. To avoid waste, we ask that you and your guests please bring your own masks.
Get together, but keep apart. As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. Opera House venues are currently operating at 100% capacity. As standard, please always take your allocated seat. If you’re dining at one of the Opera House's restaurants, please practise physical distancing between groups where possible and if drinking inside you must be seated.
Keep clean. Practise good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap, using hand sanitiser, covering sneezes and coughs, and disposing of tissues promptly.
Follow the signs, and sign-ins. Follow the separate entry and exit points, screening and bag-check procedures, and physically distance in all queues. On arrival at the Opera House, you and your guests will be required to sign-in with a QR code. If you’re dining or attending a tour, you will need to sign-in on arrival with a QR code. We also recommend downloading the COVIDSafe app, as per government advice.
Pay with card. Contactless payment methods are strongly encouraged, so please bring a credit or debit card for onsite purchases. If you’re visiting a restaurant at the Opera House, you can use order-at-table options and we encourage you to remain seated to help with physical distancing.
Visiting the Opera House when you are unwell puts yourself and others at risk. Attending while under quarantine or isolation orders is prohibited, and if you appear to have COVID-19 symptoms you may be denied entry or asked to leave to minimise the risk to others. Please also consider your own safety and wellbeing and whether attending is the right thing for you. By visiting the Opera House at this time, you voluntarily assume the risks posed by COVID-19.
Seeing a show?
We’ve made a number of changes to the booking process and seating plans to help keep you safe:
- The Joan Sutherland Theatre is currently operating at 100% capacity. Face masks are strongly recommended for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside theatres and foyers, including during the performance.
- We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance online or via the phone.
- Venue foyers and doors will open earlier than normal, and some shows will no longer have intervals.
- Standard bag check facilities remain available, but we encourage you to leave larger items at home.
- Refreshments will be available for purchase from theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyers spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at the theatre bars can also be taken into the venue for performances.
- If you’ve booked tickets for other people, you need to be responsible for maintaining contact details for all of your guests for the purpose of contract tracing if required.
If you are no longer able to attend, please exchange your tickets online. You may exchange over the phone or via email if you contact us before midday on the day of any weeknight performances, and midday Friday for weekends. Options for you may include:
- Exchanging your tickets for a different future performance of the same production, subject to availability. If you exchange for a lower value ticket, we will refund you the difference in the ticket price. If you exchange for a higher value ticket, we will charge you the difference in the ticket price, subject to availability.
- Exchanging your tickets for a different Opera Australia production, subject to availability. If you exchange for a lower value ticket, we will refund you the difference in the ticket price. If you exchange for a higher value ticket, we will charge you the difference in the ticket price.
- If a ticket exchange is not available, we may issue a credit note for the value of your ticket to be used towards the purchase of tickets to a future Opera Australia event.