Health & Safety

Updated July 20, 2022:

In response to changing Covid-19 conditions, we have modified our health and safety protocols for our audiences, artists and staff effective July 20, 2022.

The following revised protocols were informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest guidance on COVID-19, which currently categorizes both Polk and Warren counties in Iowa in the Low COVID-19 Community Level.

 As of Wednesday, July 20, 2022:

  • Face masks covering the nose and mouth are required while attending performances and events.

  • As previously stated in our April 11 policy update, we do not require patrons to provide proof of a recent negative test or record of vaccination to attend DMMO performances or events.

Protocols will continue to be monitored and may be revised based on CDC guidance and the evolving circumstances of the pandemic. As such, screening protocols may be added or removed. For the most current information, refer back to this page or call the DMMO Box Office at 515-209-3257. Protocol updates will also be sent to ticket holders in advance of events. Should these new health & safety protocols present a barrier for your attendance, please contact Guest Services at or 515-209-3257.

We appreciate your support for Des Moines Metro Opera and your flexibility as we navigate ever-evolving guidelines. Protocols may change, however our commitment to presenting you with the full spectrum of high-quality music and theatre will not.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at our 50th Anniversary Season!


Medical Advisory Panel

Our Health and Safety policies are developed in consultation with our Medical Advisory Panel. This group includes:

  • Dr. Daniel H. Gervich, MD, Infectious Disease; MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center; (retired)
  • Dr. Craig Shadur, MD, UnityPoint Health: DMMO Board Member
  • Dr. Steve Stephenson, MD; Pediatric Oncology; UnityPoint Health; DMMO Board Member
  • Dr. Robert Shreck, MD; Oncology and Hematology
  • Evelyn Schnoor, RN; UnityPoint Health