COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

Proof of COVID Vaccination or Negative Test Required

ACA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by all individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine, to participate in all its indoor, in-person programs, events, and activities. As proof of vaccination, ACA will accept the following: 


  • vaccination cards

  • photos or scans of cards, or

  • digital vaccine records


As an alternative, participants in ACA programs, events, and activities may present a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of their visit.


Individuals who are not currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test at this time.


Masks Required

As per a mandate from the Town of Arlington, ACA requires everyone to wear a mask indoors at all times, regardless of vaccine eligibility. All who enter are encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands. Anyone feeling ill is advised to stay home.


Classes & Workshops

ACA instructors and students enrolled in our adult, indoor, in-person classes and workshops are asked to submit proof of vaccination or negative COVID test at least three days in advance of the start of their program by completing our COVID Vaccination Form, where they can upload a photo, scan, or digital record of your COVID vaccination card or vaccine record. For multi-session courses, students would be required to present a new negative COVID test prior to each class session. 


Public Events & Activities

All participants in ACA indoor, in-person events and activities (such as exhibitions, Arlington Open Studios, performances, receptions, etc…) must present proof of vaccination (if they meet current vaccine eligibility) or a negative COVID test each time they enter ACA or any other venue where ACA is conducting a program.


ACA Prioritizes the Health of Our Community

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, ACA’s top priority remains the health and safety of our community. We continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, following guidelines and recommendations from the Town of Arlington, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


These requirements may change to reflect new protocols, guidelines, and best practices as they continue to evolve.


Learn about COVID vaccinations in Massachusetts at


Please contact our staff directly at if you have any questions or concerns. 

Updated October 14, 2021