The 46th season of Saturday Night Live premieres this week — and the show will be performed in front of a live audience once again.
During the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, SNL did a few remotely produced shows at the end of last season. However, for this Saturday’s show, the cast and crew — along with a live audience — will be back in Studio 8H. However, tickets to the show’s dress rehearsal and live show come with a long-list of health stipulations.
For starters, all ticketed guests will be required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival, according to the SNL ticket site. “This is a self-administered lower nasal antigen test with results yielded before the show,” the instruction reads.
In addition to that test, temperature checks will also be required at check-in and approved masks will be required at all times while inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
What’s more, all audience members will be asked a series of questions prior to admission, such as, “Are you exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19?”, “Have you exhibited any symptoms to COVID-19 in the last 14 days?”, and “Have you been in close contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, within the past 14 days?” among others, according to the site.
Any ticketed member with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed admission and their party may not be granted admission either, the site states, adding, “A positive COVID-19 test for any member of your group will result in the entire group not being granted admission.”
SNL is allowing people to request tickets for themselves and anyone in their “social bubble,” which can include as many as eight other people.
That may all sound like too much for some. However, the Oct. 3 premiere’s dress rehearsal and live show are sold out. Still, there are a number of tickets set aside for health care workers, which are still available.