New Yorkers of all kinds come to Empire Circus to create fun, joyful memories. As such, we are asking everyone to do their part in keeping Empire Circus safe for all guests, cast, and employees. Empire Circus will follow New York State, New York City, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

Vaccine, Mask, and ID Requirements Through January 30, 2022

Empire Circus is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community—theatre employees, production staff, cast, and audience members.

To ensure the safety of everyone at the circus, the following policies will be in place through January 30, 2022:


All guests 2 years of age and older must wear acceptable face coverings at all times, except while actively eating or drinking in designated locations. All face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and comply with the CDC guidelines for acceptable face coverings.

Everyone ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine to attend Empire Circus. Be ready to show proof of vaccination upon entry. To confirm you are “fully vaccinated,” the following proof will be accepted:

Two doses of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days before the performance
One dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days before the performance

You may present proof of vaccination on paper or a smartphone.

APPROVED VACCINES: Pfizer/BioNTech (2 dose), Moderna (2 dose), Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India-Covishield, Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac



Children under the age of 12 do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and must attend with an adult meeting COVID requirements.


Those who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of one of the following:

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance,
A negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance.

You may present proof of a negative test on paper or a smartphone. At-home rapid tests will not be accepted.


The closest Rapid Test Site is located at 55 Washington Street in Brooklyn, which is 3 blocks from the Venue's entrance at 53 Water Street. 

Along with proof of vaccination, all guests 18 years or older must also present a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport.

Guests under 18 may also use a school ID, with or without a photo. Other forms of ID may also be accepted, such as a copy of a birth certificate or other government-issued ID.

New York City requires staff and customers 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter this establishment. To find out where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine visit or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). For more information on Key to NYC, visit

Guests who do not comply with these protocols will be denied entry or asked to leave the circus.