Prevention Measures Corona virus
2021

The 2021 Salzburg Festival Whitsun will take place. The strategy for the 2021 Whitsun Festival remains the same as in the past, highly successful Festival year: under the primacy of health, the goal is to implement a festival which is artistically meaningful and economically viable. Learn more about the Whitsun Festival

At the moment, the following prevention measures apply

PERSONALISATION and CHEQUERBOARD SEATING

  • As last year, all admission tickets will be personalised in order to enable the authorities to implement rapid and effective contact tracing in cases of infection. The visitor’s name and first name will be printed on the admission ticket. In order to carry out the contact tracing, additional information, such as the visitor’s phone number, e-mail address (if available) and postal address must be provided when carrying out the personalisation. Only the person specified on the ticket can attend the event. Picture IDs will be required when entering the performance venues.
  • Any ticket personalisation can be altered free of charge online.
  • For all Whitsun Festival events, seating will be assigned in a chequerboard pattern, up to a maximum capacity of 50 percent. For you, this means that we will change the tickets already purchased for the new seating option. You can then view and personalise your new tickets online as an e-ticket in “My Festival”, or they can be sent to you as “print@home”.
  • Please allow enough time for the relevant access controls.

INTERVALS and HOSPITALITY

  • All events of the Whitsun Festival will take place without intervals.
  • There will be no gastronomy or catering inside the venues of the Salzburg Festival during the Whitsun events.

ENTRANCE TESTS, PROOF OF VACCINATION or PROOF OF PAST INFECTION

  • According to the regulations of the Ministry of Health (COVID-19-ÖV), only visitors who are tested, vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection are allowed to enter the performance venues of the Salzburg Festival. Please voluntarily show one of the following forms of documentation when entering the building:
  • Tested Persons require a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test. Antigen tests may not be older than 48 hours; PCR tests may not be older than 72 hours. A self-administered antigen test which has been registered by the authorities and is no older than 24 hours entitles you to attend Festival events.
  • Vaccinated Persons: If you received your first vaccination shot more than 21 days ago, you are exempt from the testing requirement. Instead of the test certificate, please show your vaccination certificate.
  • Persons who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection which began no longer than 6 months ago may show proof in the form of a doctor’s certificate or a quarantine order from the health authorities. A neutralizing antibody test no older than 3 months also entitles you to attend Festival events.
  • Starting immediately, the City of Salzburg’s free public testing facilities offer bookings:
    • Kongresshaus – Auerspergstraße 6
    • Messezentrum (Trade Fair Centre)– Halle 1, Am Messezentrum 1
    • Opening hours:

    Thursday, 20 May 2021: 8 am to 6 pm
    Friday, 21 May 2021: 8 am to 6 pm
    Saturday, 22 May 2021: 9 am to 4 pm
    Whitsunday, 23 May 2021 closed
    Whitsun Monday, 24 May 2021: 8 am to 6 pm

    Test dates may booked starting now via salzburg-testet.at or
    by calling the number 1450. Further testing facilities can be found on the website of the State of Salzburg or on the website of your country of origin.

HYGIENE RULES

  • FFP2 facemasks must be worn inside all the Salzburg Festival’s performance venues. This also applies when seated during the performance.
  • The legal minimum distance of 2 metres must be kept, wherever possible, between groups of visitors inside the premises.
  • Guests are required to practice hand hygiene regularly.
  • Should guests experience symptoms of illness, they are requested to refrain from attending the performance, as a consideration to their fellow visitors.
  • TRAVEL REGULATIONS for ENTRIES FROM ABROAD

    As of 19 May, the current restrictions on entries from abroad, including quarantine rules, will terminate. Persons who are tested, vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 will be able to travel to Austria without quarantine (the exception being travelers entering from high-risk countries with a 7-day average infection rate of over 250 per 100,000). Further information on the current travel restrictions to Austria can be found on the official tourism portal, by mid-May at the latest.

Videos

2. April 2021
Easter Greetings 2021 · Salzburg Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler
“I wish you Happy Easter on behalf of the Salzburg Festival as its President. However, I must confess that this year I hesitate slightly in saying this.” Watch the video for the full statement by Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.
26. February 2021
Statement Lukas Crepaz Executive Director
Learn more about ticket orders, the prevention plan and seating protocols for the upcoming Festival summer.
Easter Greetings 2021 · Salzburg Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler
Statement Lukas Crepaz Executive Director

10 December 2020: Prevention Plan
During the past year, the Salzburg Festival worked with health experts to develop a comprehensive prevention concept, which was then implemented in all consequence. It proved that events can take place even in times of the pandemic, and that the measures adopted actually reduced the risk of infection and viral spread.

Among 76,500 visitors, not one case of infection was reported. Among 1,400 artists and staff, only one case was reported, that of a temporary administrative employee during the preparation period in early July.

The ‘Salzburg Prevention Plan’ has now served cultural institutions around the world as a foundation for their own work in prevention – the Salzburg Festival has passed it on to more than 45 institutions in Europe and the USA.

Tickets Issued
‘The current situation of the pandemic makes it difficult to imagine normal operating conditions for 2021. We hope and are optimistic that the vaccinations and a basket of measures which have been tried and tested by the Festival and many other cultural institutions will make it possible to make full use of our seating capacity. Once again, we will continue to develop our successful prevention plan together with the experts, with accuracy and taking into account the latest insights and developments,’ says the Executive Director Lukas Crepaz.

The Salzburg Festival will proceed in two steps: assuming full capacity, 209,961 tickets will be used for 168 performances as well as 62 performances in the ‘jung & jede*r’ youth programme in 2021. Of these, 139,380 will be released for sale first; the remaining third will be released when the development of the pandemic allows and when the legal basis and the recommendations of our expert council make this advisable.

As last year, all tickets will be personalized. Tickets can be ordered from the start as e-tickets resp. print@home tickets. Altering the personalization will be possible online free of charge.

The deadline for ticket orders (usually in early January) will be postponed to 28 February 2021.

Ticket sales to the general public begin on 10 May 2021.

Regarding all tickets, if attending a performance becomes impossible due to public measures taken against the Covid-19 pandemic, ticket sales prices will be refunded.

1 September 2020: Final Report 2020
Safety and Prevention Concept

To present a Festival that would be artistically meaningful and economically viable without endangering the health of the audience, artists and staff – that was the maxim of the Directorate when deciding in favour of a modified anniversary programme.

Since the end of April, Executive Director Lukas Crepaz was responsible for developing a detailed prevention concept, in close cooperation with Technical Director Andreas Zechner (backstage areas), the Associate Director of Building and Event Management Friedrich Hoch (public areas) and Resident Physician Dr. Joseph Schlömicher-Thier (Prevention Officer) as well as innumerable Festival employees.

In addition, a high-carat council of experts consisting of physicians, virologists, epidemiologists and hygienists was formed. This council supported the Festival as it developed the Prevention Concept as well as additional measures and implemented the centenary Festival.

The following members serve on the Festival’s council of experts:

Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uta Hoppe – Head of Internal Medicine II of the Paracelsus University of Medicine, Cardiology and Internistic Intensive Care with A&E
Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Studnicka – Head of Pneumology at the Salzburg University Hospital
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Markus Hell – Specialist in Clinical Microbiology and Hygiene, Medilab Salzburg
OA Dr. Bodo Kirchner – Specialist in Internal Medicine, Hygiene Commissioner of the Salzburg Emergency Hospital, also chairman of the Association of Theatre and Festival Doctors
Dr. Josef Schlömicher-Thier – Specialist in ENT and occupational physician of the Salzburg Festival

The Prevention Concept was submitted several times to the health authorities and was approved by administrative decision dated 27 July 2020.
In addition, codes of behaviour were established for all employee groups, for press representatives and external third parties, all of which met with highly disciplined and model compliance from all those involved.

On the basis of an elaborate testing concept, approximately 3,600 coronavirus tests were carried out:
– 1,000 initial tests at the place of residence of temporary employees and artists
– 2.355 routine tests of those persons in the red group
– 154 tests of suspected cases

Only one test for suspected cases in early July came back positive, and was immediately communicated to the public by the Festival’s directorate. Fortunately, the COVID-19 infection suffered by a temporary employee in the administration was a very light case. The Prevention Concept passed its first practical test: because of the quick reaction of all those involved, no further employees were infected.

Having submitted the best tender for routine tests and tests of suspected cases, the Salzburg-based laboratory Mustafa-Richter was awarded the contract for these tests.

The audience this summer was generally obliged to wear a facemask, except when seated during a performance. The use of hand-held fans was prohibited in order to limit the spreading of aerosols. The audience was actively guided to aid compliance with the 1-metre distancing rule. In general, there were no intervals and no refreshments available. Tickets were personalized in order to enable the authorities to speed up contact tracing, if necessary. Ticket buyers were obliged to show picture ID when entering the venues. Dispensers of disinfectant were available at all entry points as well as at sensitive points; contact surfaces were repeatedly cleaned. Available seating at the performance venues was significantly reduced; the audience was seated in a chequerboard pattern.

Among the more than 70,000 visitors, not a single positive case has been reported to the authorities.

The facemask designed for the 100-year-anniversary of the Salzburg Festival enjoyed a notable presence in the Festival’s venues and on Salzburg’s streets. More than 7,200 masks have been sold so far.

Staff members and artists were divided into three groups:
The red group included stage performers whose work did not permit them to comply with distancing rules or wear a facemask. These were regularly tested via PCR screening and had to keep a health and contact diary.
The orange group included those artists and employees who were able in principle to comply with distancing rules and wear a facemask at all times. They were obliged to submit an initial test and also keep a health and contact diary.
The yellow group included all those employees who were able comply with distancing rules at all times. These were also tested initially, had to wear a facemask while moving throughout the venues and during short-term lack of distancing, and comply with the hygiene and distancing rules at all times.

There was a significant increase in medical services. The availability of in-house doctors on call was doubled and an internal medical coronavirus hotline was installed, which was available around the clock. A rotation of test teams was organized by the Red Cross.

31 July 2020: Initiative of the Salzburg Festival
The Salzburg Festival, the Salzburger Altstadtverband and the Wirtschaftskammer Salzburg have come together for an initiative in times of rising COVID-19 infections. On the one hand, this is intended to preserve the excellent reputation of the city of Mozart as a tourist destination and, on the other, to prevent the feared clusters from developing. Learn more about the Initiative Partnerbetriebe – sichere Festspiele (Initiative Partner Companies – Safe Festival).

8 July 2020: Information on Corona Case
A temporary employee of the Salzburg Festival who took up her position on 18 June 2020, after a negative initial test, was unfortunately tested positive for coronavirus today. So far, she has only exhibited light symptoms, such as a scratchy throat. Since she had been keeping a health and contact diary, as required by the Salzburg Festival’s prevention plan, the health authorities could immediately be informed of all Category I contact persons.

By way of explanation, a Category I contact person is any person who has spent more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 2 metres in the same room with an infected person.

Those Festival employees who are Category I contact persons are now into quarantine for 14 days. Preferring to err on the side of caution, however, the Festival is also testing persons beyond Category I (i.e. those who were in contact with the employee in question for a shorter period of time, or at a greater distance). All tests of the five Category I contact persons of the employee have come back negative, but they will remain in quarantine for the full 14 days.

Regrettably, the prevention concept thereby had to prove its practicability for the first time, which it fortunately did. The prescribed procedures and measures, for example the health and contact diary, ensured that the first rule of rapid containment, i.e. immediate traceability, was adhered to.
Preparations for the Festival are not endangered by this regrettable case.

Information prevention concept, 9 June 2020
The Salzburg Festival has modified its programme, reducing the number of performance venues from 16 to 8. The organization has developed a prevention concept which is currently being coordinated with the Festival’s council of experts and the authorities. It will be adapted continuously to accommodate any new developments.

The following members serve on the Festival’s council of experts:

Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uta Hoppe – Head of Internal Medicine II of the Paracelsus University of Medicine, Cardiology and Internistic Intensive Care with A&E
Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Studnicka – Head of Pneumology at the Salzburg University Hospital
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Markus Hell – Specialist in Clinical Microbiology and Hygiene, Medilab Salzburg
OA Dr. Bodo Kirchner – Specialist in Internal Medicine, Hygiene Commissioner of the Salzburg Emergency Hospital, also chairman of the Association of Theatre and Festival Doctors
Dr. Josef Schlömicher-Thier – Specialist in ENT and occupational physician of the Salzburg Festival

Key Points of the Security and Prevention Plan (as of 8 June 2020)

Modified and significantly reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Salzburg Festival will take place in compliance with the measures decreed by the federal government and additional, self-imposed security measures. The prevention plan will continuously be coordinated with the council of experts named above and the authorities, and will be adapted to any new developments. Current key points of the prevention plan for audience and staff are as follows:

Audience

  • General obligation to wear a facemask, except when seated during a performance
  • Active audience guiding to support compliance with the 1-metre distancing rule: among other measures, the venues will be divided into sectors
  • In order to avoid larger agglomerations of people and thereby minimize the risk of infection, there will be
    • a significant reduction in performance venues and events; instead of the 16 venues originally planned, there will now be 8.
    • a separation of admittance and egress. Unlike regular Festival summer practice, there will be no simultaneous events in the Festspielhäuser, in order to prevent groups of visitors from meeting.
    • no intervals and no catering as a general rule. Since controlling queues outside of bars or toilets would be very difficult, there will be no refreshments. This means that all the bars at the Festival’s venues will be closed, including before and after events.
  • Personalized tickets, enabling authorities to speed up contact tracing. Ticket purchasers must show ID to the ticket-takers without being requested to do so.
  • Special measures of hygiene: these include disinfection stations at all points of entry and at neuralgic points, frequent cleaning of contact surfaces, etc.
  • Significant reduction of seating, in keeping with distancing rules: as a matter of principle, these are arranged in a chequerboard pattern. In areas with more than 1 metre distance to the seats behind them, other forms of seating allocation are being examined.
  • The audience will be informed via all the Salzburg Festival’s channels in detail and in due time before the Festival opens about the security measures then current and in place.

    Artists / Staff

  • Significant modification and reduction of the rehearsal and performance schedule and the artistic and technical operations of the 2020 Salzburg Festival
  • Obligatory initial testing and submission of a certificate of health for all artists and temporary staff, dated no more than 4 days before they begin their work
  • Obligatory hygiene regulations and rules on wearing facemasks
  • Division into three groups with corresponding additional prevention measures:
  • Red Group
    Stage performers who cannot comply with distancing rules and cannot wear facemasks: PCR screening, Health log, Hygiene rules, Behaviour rules

    Orange Group
    Artists who can practice distancing in principle
    Staff in contact with red group who can wear facemasks: Initial testing, Health log, Temporary facemasks in keeping with prevention plan, Hygiene rules, Behaviour rules

    Yellow Group
    Staff who can practice distancing at all times: Initial testing, Temporary facemasks in keeping with prevention plan, Hygiene rules, Behaviour rules

    25 May 2020
    The 2020 Salzburg Festival will take place from 1 to 30 August, but in a modified and shortened form, due to coronavirus containment measures. Learn more

    15 May 2020
    A modified Festival seems possible. Learn more

    6 April 2020
    As announced in the press conference of the Austrian government on April 6, 2020, it is necessary to prohibit performances of all kind in Austria until the end of June, in order not to imperil the containment of the coronavirus, which has been successful so far. To our deep regret, we are thereby also prohibited from presenting the performances of this year’s Whitsun Festival.

    Please consider the following changes due to the coronavirus:

  • Public guided tours through the Festival Halls are not taking place until further notice.
  • The Salzburg State Exhibition “Great World Theatre – 100 Years Salzburg Festival” could not start on the scheduled date (25 April) and will be on show from 26 July 2020 to 31 October 2021.
  • The artistic intervention “The Dream of a Fairy Temple” is postponed and will be on show from July to December 2020.
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    Frequently asked questions

    What happens if I am not allowed to leave the country / am infected with Covid / am in quarantine?
    If attendance at the performance is impossible due to measures taken in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic, the ticket price will be refunded upon presentation of appropriate proof.
    If a performance is cancelled, will my money be refunded?

    In the event of a performance cancellation, the customer will only be refunded the ticket price. After two-thirds of the planned duration, the performance is considered to have been completed. In case the performance is broken off earlier the refund is made proportionately. Further claims of the customer are excluded if the Salzburg Festival is not responsible for the reason for the cancellation of the event. The claim for the ticket refund must be stated within 3 months of the date of the cancelled performance. After that any claim expires.

    Please note the rgulations considering the Jedermann on Cathedral Square: Since Jedermann performances on Domplatz (Cathedral Square) are openair performances, a weather risk cannot be excluded. In the event of rain or an uncertain weather situation (e.g. heavy rain or thunderstorms), the performance may be moved to the Grosses Festspielhaus. After 60 minutes, the performance is considered to have been completed; if the performance is cancelled earlier, the admission fee will be refunded on a pro rata basis. Due to the differences between the venues Domplatz and the Grosses Festspielhaus, it is not possible to guarantee a side-by-side position in the event of a performance of the Jedermann in the Grosses Festspielhaus, or to vary the position in line and spatial positioning in relation to Domplatz.

    Can I return or change my booked tickets?
    Ticket orders and purchases are binding in any form. Optional ticket reservations are unfortunately not possible, nor is the return or exchange of purchased or ordered tickets. Ticket returns are only possible for sold out performances for resale on commission; a 15 % commission fee (club members 10 %, sponsors free of charge) applies. For this purpose, only for printed tickets these original tickets must be presented. The Salzburg Festival does not guarantee the resale of returned tickets.
    If the necessary bank details are available, any return transfers will be made from the day after the respective performance date (in the case of several performances, after the day of the last performance for which tickets have been accepted for resale on commission).
    It is the customer’s responsibility to check the information on his/her tickets immediately after receipt. In the event of any errors, the ticket office must be contacted immediately.
    Where can I find information on the Coronavirus?
    How to protect yourself and others, what you should know and what to do in a case of emergency you find on the coronavirus information site of the Austrian Government.

    The State of Salzburg has established a website especially for this issue.

    Prevention measures set by the Salzburg Festival can be found on this site: Info Coronavirus.

    General information on the coronavirus in Austria:
    Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Österreichisches Sozialministerium (in German only)
    Are there currently cases of the coronavirus in Salzburg?
    Current information on the spread of the coronavirus in Salzburg can be found on the website of Land Salzburg: Coronavirus Salzburg (in German only)
    Can I travel to Salzburg?
    Please note the travel regulations of the Federal Ministry. Learn more here.
    Are there restrictions on public life in Salzburg and the State of Salzburg?
    Measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus affect the public life in Austria. More Information: https://www.sozialministerium.at/en.html
    What should I do if I suspect I may be infected?
    Should you seriously suspect that you or someone in your close proximity might be infected and you are within Austria, please immediately contact the Health Services by calling the number 1450. Please make sure to make initial contact only by phone.

    Outside of Austria, please contact the local health authorities.
    How can I protect myself from infection?
    The links below offer an overview of how to prevent infection with the coronavirus:

    Austrian Government on coronavirus prevention

    World Health Organization advice for the public

    Die Gesundheitsnummer (in German only)
    Does the Whitsun Festival 2021 take place?
    The Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2021 will take place. The strategy for the 2021 Whitsun Festival remains the same as in the past, highly successful Festival year: under the primacy of health, the goal is to implement a festival which is artistically meaningful and economically viable.
    Information on the prevention plan can be found here.

    Learn more about the Whitsun Festival 2021
    I have a question about my tickets for the 2021 Whitsun Festival
    Please find information about your tickets in the login MY FESTIVAL. If you have any further questions about your tickets, please contact our ticket office. Opening hours and contact information are available here.
    How can I personalize my tickets for the Whitsun Festival?
    Click here for detailed instructions on how to personalize the tickets. In contrast to printed admission tickets, there are no processing fees (printing and shipping costs) or fees for any re-personalization and replacement tickets for e-tickets.
    May I pass my tickets?
    Please note that the purchase for commercial or trade resale, as well as the transfer of tickets without the prior consent of the Salzburg Festival is prohibited. Even in the case of consent, the personalization of tickets is valid. Furthermore, it is not permitted to offer tickets to the public via internet auctions and market places as well as in radio, press or any other way. The Salzburg Festival reserves the right to refuse to allow persons who violate this prohibition to purchase admission tickets in the future and to block existing admission tickets without replacement.
    If a performance is cancelled, will my money be refunded?

    In the event of a performance cancellation, the customer will only be refunded the ticket price. After two-thirds of the planned duration, the performance is considered to have been completed. In case the performance is broken off earlier the refund is made proportionately. Further claims of the customer are excluded if the Salzburg Festival is not responsible for the reason for the cancellation of the event. The claim for the ticket refund must be stated within 3 months of the date of the cancelled performance. After that any claim expires.

    Please note the rgulations considering the Jedermann on Cathedral Square: Since Jedermann performances on Domplatz (Cathedral Square) are openair performances, a weather risk cannot be excluded. In the event of rain or an uncertain weather situation (e.g. heavy rain or thunderstorms), the performance may be moved to the Grosses Festspielhaus. After 60 minutes, the performance is considered to have been completed; if the performance is cancelled earlier, the admission fee will be refunded on a pro rata basis. Due to the differences between the venues Domplatz and the Grosses Festspielhaus, it is not possible to guarantee a side-by-side position in the event of a performance of the Jedermann in the Grosses Festspielhaus, or to vary the position in line and spatial positioning in relation to Domplatz.

    Is Jedermann performed on the Domplatz (Cathedral Square) irrespective of the weather?
    Since Jedermann performances on Domplatz (Cathedral Square) are openair performances, a weather risk cannot be excluded. In the event of rain or an uncertain weather situation (e.g. heavy rain or thunderstorms), the performance may be moved to the Grosses Festspielhaus. After 60 minutes, the performance is considered to have been completed; if the performance is cancelled earlier, the admission fee will be refunded on a pro rata basis. Due to the differences between the venues Domplatz and the Grosses Festspielhaus, it is not possible to guarantee a side-by-side position in the event of a performance of the Jedermann in the Grosses Festspielhaus, or to vary the position in line and spatial positioning in relation to Domplatz.
    What do I need to know about the placement at the venues?
    Seats are allocated in accordance with the legal framework. The allocated seats must be strictly adhered to. However, the Salzburg Festival reserves the right to provide seats within the same category other than those listed on the ticket for organisational reasons. Instructions of the hall staff must also be followed. When ordering a wheelchair seat, it must be announced whether a seat for the accompanying person is required in the immediate vicinity. Detailed information on all wheelchair spaces in the individual venues is available at www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/en/accessibility.