Current information

Extension of Corona rules in Hessen

The state government announced the rules for Hesse on January 7, 2022, following the federal-state summit. According to this, the regulation that came into force on December 28, 2021, will remain in force, so that furthermore in the Alte Oper Frankfurt

- a capacity cap of 250 people applies,

- access to events will be on a 2G+ basis:
→ vaccinated, recovered, negative test
→ persons with proven 3rd vaccination ("booster") do not require an additional test

- the wearing of a medical mouth-nose protection is mandatory from the moment of entering the house, thus also during the event.

In particular, the limitation to a maximum of 250 visitors per event poses logistical and economic challenges for the Alte Oper, since the events in the Great Hall with its 2,450 seats are aimed at a large audience. In addition, elaborate projects such as the entertainment productions at the turn of the year or the guest performances by international orchestras always require longer planning. The Alte Oper is integrated into a complex schedule - not only because of the orchestras' fixed tours, but also because of the orchestra's own performance schedule, which is closely timed with its own events, congresses and rentals. Additional performances or rescheduled dates can therefore hardly be realized at short notice. As a result, several dates in December and January have already had to be canceled without replacement, including the three major productions "STOMP," "Winterzauber" and "Berlin, Berlin," the 1822 New Year's Concert and the concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin.

Nevertheless, the Alte Oper tries to hold as many concerts as possible. "At an advantage," explains Dr. Markus Fein, artistic director and managing director of the Alte Oper, "are of course those concerts that were designed from the outset for a smaller audience, such as the dates in the Mozart Hall. But we take a very close look at every single planned event, whether in the Mozart Saal or the Großer Saal, and do everything we can to make it possible. It requires an enormous amount of planning effort to adapt to the current situation - because, due to the dynamic developments of the pandemic, the requirements of politics can only be announced at very short notice and refer to comparatively short periods of time. Every event cancellation that cannot be avoided hurts us and fills us with regret for our audience and our artists. Nevertheless, we ask for your understanding if, in one or the other case, a concert cannot be realized under the current conditions despite all efforts."

Current information on events that are promoted and organized by Alte Oper Frankfurt until the end of January 2022 (as of 10.01.2022):

Jan. 10, 2022, 8 p.m., Mozart Saal: Ensemble Modern. TAKES PLACE.
Jan. 11. 2022, 7.30 p.m., Schwedler Straße: Workshop "Auf dem Weg zur Uraufführung". CANCELLED.
Jan. 14, 2022, 8 p.m., Mozart Saal: 2 x hören: Schumann. TAKES PLACE.
Jan. 23, 2022, 5 p.m., Großer Saal: Staatskapelle Berlin. CANCELLED.
Jan. 24, 2022, 6 p.m., Clara Schumann Foyer: Kirschnereits Klavierkosmos. TAKES PLACE.
Jan. 24, 2022, 8 p.m., Mozart Saal: Sergei Babayan. TAKES PLACE.
Jan. 27, 2022, 8 p.m., Großer Saal: Jazz Residency Nils Landgren. West Side Story. TAKES PLACE.
Jan. 30, 2022, 10 a.m. + 12 p.m., Albert Mangelsdorff Foyer, Pegasus: Entdecker II. TAKES PLACE.

Current information on the entire program at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, on event cancellations, postponements or changes can be found in the program calendar of the Alte Oper.

(Jan. 10, 2022)

Frequently asked questions about your visit from 5 December

Please note: Concerts of various organizers take place at Alte Oper Frankfurt. The rules presented here are valid at all events that are promoted and organized by Alte Oper Frankfurt. If you have questions about concerts of other organizers, please contact them directly.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT ACCESS REGULATION FOR ALTE OPER FRANKFURT?

Since 25 November 2021, the 2G-Plus rule has been in force at Alte Oper: access is granted to all those who have been vaccinated or have recovered and also present a current negative test certificate (antigen test sufficient, PCR test not necessary but accepted). Please note: Self-testing is not permitted; concert-goers cannot be tested in the Alte Oper shortly before the start of the event. A rapid antigen test is sufficient, as you can do it free of charge as a so-called "citizen test" in pharmacies or private test centres (available here, among others). This rapid antigen test ("citizen test") must not be older than 24 hours. A PCR test is not necessary, but is also accepted if it is not older than 48 hours. Visitors without proof of vaccination or convalescence and an additional antigen test are not admitted to the Alte Oper. Exceptions apply to children and young people under the age of 18 (in this case a daily negative rapid antigen test or the school booklet "Testheft" is sufficient - Due to an explicit recommendation of the public health department, the test booklet is not valid during school holidays; therefore, during the holidays including the closing weekend, proof of a negative coronavirus test (rapid antigen test, not older than 24 h) is also required for pupils under 18 years of age.) as well as to people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and can prove this with a doctor's certificate. For the latter, a daily antigen rapid test ("citizen test") is also necessary (PCR test not necessary, but accepted). The Alte Oper Frankfurt thus follows the official requirements.

The nearest test center to Alte Oper Frankfurt:
Test Center Frankfurt Opernplatz, Opernplatz 2, 60325 Frankfurt, Germany
Further information and booking of appointments

Please note: From 16 December onwards, visitors who have already received a third vaccination will no longer be required to take the test.


WHAT EXACTLY WILL MY CONCERT VISIT BE LIKE?

The state government has massively tightened the access rules with the new 2G-Plus rule. In addition to the 2G-Plus rule, from 5 December onwards there will be an obligation to wear a medical mask (FFP2 or surgical mask) and to keep your distance, the seating will be at a distance (currently in the so-called "chequered pattern"), and there will be an obligation to wear a medical mask even during the event. You can hand in your cloakroom or take it with you to your seat, just as you wish. The hygiene concept is closely coordinated with the Health Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main.


I HAVE SAFETY CONCERNS ABOUT BEING IN A ROOM WITH SO MANY PEOPLE AGAIN. AM I REALLY PROTECTED?

The Alte Oper Frankfurt has proven to be a safe venue for events during the pandemic. Numerous independent studies have been able to prove that concert halls are fundamentally safe places to hold concerts or events due to modern ventilation systems. In concert halls, the audience is seated in an aligned manner and has few contact points with other people. With the 2G-Plus rule, the safety precautions are once again significantly tightened: with the additionally introduced obligation to wear masks and to keep a distance, further additional safety measures have been taken. However, the comparatively high number of vaccination breakthroughs unfortunately also shows: neither a concert hall nor all other public spaces can guarantee one hundred percent protection against infection (of any disease). Those who have safety concerns despite the very extensive measures can protect themselves additionally by wearing an FFP2 mask, also have the option of taking their coats to their seat (to avoid any crowding in the cloakroom area) and avoiding the intermission catering and contact with non-household persons.


HOW STRICT IS THE 2G-PLUS CONTROL?NS ABOUT BEING IN A ROOM WITH SO MANY PEOPLE AGAIN. AM I REALLY PROTECTED?

Very strict. There is a clear zero-tolerance policy of the house. Only people who have been vaccinated or have recovered and can also show a valid, negative antigen test ("citizen test"), which is not older than 24 hours, are admitted. This means: Unfortunately, we have to turn away vaccinated or recovered persons if they do not also have a negative citizen test. Exceptions apply to children and adolescents up to 18 years of age as well as to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. In addition, from 16 December, visitors who have already received their third vaccination will no longer be required to take the test.

Please understand that, in accordance with official regulations, we have to check on a day-by-day basis when and for how long the vaccination protection takes effect or how long people are considered to have recovered. Visitors who have neither been vaccinated nor recovered will not be admitted. The Alte Oper has significantly increased its staff in order to be able to carry out the 2G-Plus check as quickly as possible.


DO CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AND PEOPLE WHO CANNOT BE VACCINATED FOR MEDICAL REASONS CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO ALTE OPER?

Yes. The state government has announced that unvaccinated children and adolescents under 18 years of age may participate in 2G-Plus events. The prerequisite is a current negative Corona test or the pupil test booklet for young people under 18. As before, no negative proof is required for children under 6 years of age and children not yet enrolled in school. Adults who cannot be vaccinated must provide proof of a negative rapid antigen test. However, they will only be admitted to the Alte Oper if they can also show an appropriate medical certificate with their full name and date of birth.
Due to an explicit recommendation of the public health department, the test booklet is not valid during school holidays; therefore, during the holidays including the closing weekend, proof of a negative coronavirus test (rapid antigen test, not older than 24 h) is also required for pupils under 18 years of age.


Where can I find test centers near Alte Oper?

An overview of test centres, also in the vicinity of the Alte Oper Frankfurt and with opening hours at weekends, can be found here.

The nearest test center to Alte Oper Frankfurt:
Test Center Frankfurt Opernplatz, Opernplatz 2, 60325 Frankfurt, Germany
Further information and booking of appointments


SHOULD THE SITUATION DETERIORATE FURTHER, WHAT IMPACT COULD THIS HAVE ON THE EVENTS?

Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing a dramatic development of the pandemic situation. Even a lockdown for cultural events has not been ruled out by politicians recently. Therefore, please follow the current developments and find out shortly before the start of each event which current access rules apply at the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Should politics order the closure of cultural institutions, the Alte Oper's ticket return promise applies: in this case, tickets for the Alte Oper's own events will be refunded. Please contact other organisers directly for concerts.


2G+: Hygiene concept from 5 December

HOUSE ADMISSION (2G-PLUS RULE)

to ensure swift admission, please arrive at the Alte Oper in good time and have the following documents ready in addition to your ticket and your valid identification document (identity card or passport):

• A certificate for a complete Corona vaccination

with a vaccine which has received conditional approval* in Germany (BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna: 2 doses each, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson: 1 dose). At least 14 days must have passed since the last required single vaccination. For recovered persons, one vaccine dose is sufficient.

For persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and can prove this with a medical certificate, no proof of vaccination or convalescence is required, but a daily antigen rapid test ("citizen test").


• OR A Certificate of recovery

A certificate of recovery is a medical or official confirmation that a Corona infection has been overcome at least 28 days and not more than six months ago. A certificate of recovery from an infection that occurred more than 6 months ago will be accepted, as long as proof of a simple booster vaccination can be provided.


• AND ADDITIONALLY A proof of a negative corona test (ANTIGEN)

Please note: From 16 December onwards, visitors who have already received a third vaccination will no longer be required to take the test.

A rapid antigen test is sufficient, as you can do it free of charge as a so-called "citizen test" in pharmacies or private test centres (available here, among others). This rapid antigen test ("citizen test") must not be older than 24 hours. A PCR test is not necessary, but is also accepted, this test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before the start of the event.

For children under six years of age and children up to school entry, no negative proof must be provided. For pupils under 18 years, the test booklet is also accepted as negative proof, even beyond a 24-hour period. For pupils from other federal states where no corresponding test booklet exists, a student/pupil card is sufficient, as testing concepts exist in all states.


   

The nearest test center to Alte Oper Frankfurt:
Test Center Frankfurt Opernplatz, Opernplatz 2, 60325 Frankfurt, Germany
Further information and booking of appointments

Please note: From 16 December onwards, visitors who have already received a third vaccination will no longer be required to take the test.

Admission can only be granted if these proofs are presented as a printout (Official Certificate of a test center) or in digital form (Corona Warning App, CovPass App) together with an identification document. Please also use the open side entrances in addition to the main entrance.

ACESS RULES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS

Unvaccinated children and adolescents may participate in 2G-Plus events. The prerequisite is a current negative Corona test or the student test booklet ("Testheft") for young people under 18, even beyond a 24-hour period. For students from other federal states, where there is no corresponding test booklet, the student ID card is sufficient, as testing concepts exist in all states.

Due to an explicit recommendation of the public health department, the test booklet is not valid during school holidays; therefore, during the holidays including the closing weekend, proof of a negative coronavirus test (rapid antigen test, not older than 24 h) is also required for pupils under 18 years of age.

 

For children under 6 years of age and children not yet enrolled in school, no negative proof is required.

SEATING AT A DISTANCE

The auditoriums are filled in a checkerboard pattern. This means: The seats next to, in front of and behind you remain empty so that necessary safety distances can be maintained. For the final hall occupancy, we always follow the current official requirements, so that adjustments to the seating cannot be ruled out.

 

WHAT WE EXPECT OF YOU:

Wearing a medical mask (FFP2 or surgical mask) is mandatory in the entire house even during the event. This also applies to children over the age of six. Children under the age of six are not required to wear a mask.

If you show any symptoms of illness, please do not come to the venue.

Please observe the general hygiene rules (social distancing, regular hand-washing, etc.) and the signposts, as well as the instructions of our security staff and ushers.

For persons who have stayed (temporarily) in a risk area defined by the RKI prior to the respective event, a visit to the Alte Oper is only possible in compliance with the currently valid laws and regulations. You can find further information here.

TO MAKE YOUR VISIT AS RELAXING AS POSSIBLE,

we have set up a new admissions system: we will open the Großer Saal (Great Hall) 45 minutes before the event begins, and the Mozart Saal (Mozart Hall) 30 minutes before the event begins. You can decide how early you wish to take your seat. However, without being asked, please have proof of your vaccination or recovery and testing as well as your ticket and ID ready at the entrance control. Please plan enough time for the admission checks.

you can leave your coats, bags, etc. in the cloakroom, as before – or take them into the auditorium with you.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE VENUE WILL ENSURE

high air-exchange rates and the use of powerful air filters in its ventilation systems (ePM 60%), as well as additional humidification of the indoor spaces

a fixed guidance system in the venue, seating that conforms to the applicable social-distancing rules, social-distancing markers throughout the premises

deep cleaning of all contact surfaces, ready availability of hand-sanitiser dispensers throughout the building

Status: December 14, 2021