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A list of Pittsburgh-area establishments renewing mask mandates and creating vaccine rules

A list of Pittsburgh-area establishments renewing mask mandates and creating vaccine rules
CP photo: Jared Wickerham
Customer entering a Pittsburgh restaurant in 2020
On Aug. 2, the transmission level of coronavirus has reached a substantial level in Allegheny County. As a result, several businesses and establishments across the Pittsburgh region have responded by reinstated mask guidelines, and some have even established vaccination rules.

For example, PPG Paints Arena announced in a press release on Aug. 3 that they will follow CDC guidelines recommending all guests entering the venue wear a mask or face covering. The recommendation, regardless of vaccination status, went into effect immediately as James Taylor and Jackson Browne performed a live concert inside PPG Paints on the evening of Aug 3.

Allegheny County’s level of transmission of COVID-19 increased from moderate to substantial as of Aug. 2, according to the CDC. There have been 320 new positive COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County from July 30 to Aug 2. A few other establishments in the area have introduced the same CDC mask recommendation like PPG Paints Arena since Allegheny County cases have started to rise again. Other places now require patrons to show proof of vaccination with ID for service.

Pittsburgh City Paper has compiled which places in the Pittsburgh area have released statements about their new policies regarding vaccination and mask statuses. City Paper will update this list as more information becomes available.

Requesting or requiring masks

Adda Coffee & Tea House

Multiple Locations. addacoffeehouse.com
All locations of Adda Coffee & Tea House are requiring guests and employees to wear face masks upon entering.

Ascend Pittsburgh

2141 Mary St., Lawrenceville. ascendclimbing.com
Ascend Pittsburgh posted on their Instagram account that they “strongly encourage” guests and employees to wear masks inside the venue, but it is not required.

The Cafe Garden

1022 Chestnut St., North Side. gardencafepgh.com
Cafe Garden requires all guests and employees to wear face masks when entering the cafe. Masks are recommended when ordering from the outdoor window. Masks are also recommended when not eating or drinking.

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Multiple locations. diopitt.org
According to a press release, schools at the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will begin the 2021-2022 school year with mandatory masking indoors for students, faculty, and staff — regardless of vaccination status — unless medical or development conditions prohibit their use.

Commonplace Coffee

Multiple locations. commonplacecoffee.com
Commonplace Coffee announced via social media that employees will continue to wear face masks at all locations. They added that masking for all guests is highly recommended.

East End Brewing

147 Julius St., Larimer. eastendbrewing.com
The popular craft brewery will have its staff wear masks at the tap room in Larimer, and it strong encourages patrons to wear masks anytime they are not seated.

Farmer's Daughter Flowers

502 E Ohio St., North Side. thefarmersdaughterflowers.com
The flower shop is requiring face masks, according to a sign in the shop's window. Says they are happy to provide a mask if customers don't have one.


Multiple locations. getgocafe.com
Staff members of the gas station chain are required to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status. All customers are recommended to wear a mask or face covering.

Giant Eagle/Market District

Multiple locations. gianteagle.com
Staff members at Giant Eagle and Market District grocery store locations are required to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status. All customers are recommended to wear a mask or face covering.

PPG Paints Arena

1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. ppgpaintsarena.com
Guests are recommended to wear a face mask or covering once entering the arena.

Scratch & Co.

1720 Lowrie St., Troy Hill. scratchandcopgh.com
Scratch & Co. announced on social media that guests and employees are required to wear face masks until further notice.

Siam Thai Restaurant

410 First Ave., Downtown. siamthaipgh.com
Placed a sign in the window stating that masks are required for entry.


242 51st St., Lawrenceville. spiritpgh.com
On Aug. 12, Spirit bar and venue started to perform temperature checks for indoor events. People who cannot provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival must remained masked indoors. Photo ID must match the name on the vaccination card or negative COVID test. Disposable masks are provided. 

Vaccination policies


4606 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. aptekapgh.com
The eastern European restaurant announced via social media that customers are required to be vaccinated for dine-in services.

Arcade Comedy Theater

943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. arcadecomedytheater.com
Arcade staff, teachers, students, artists, volunteers, as well as patrons, are required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination. According to the Arcade, staff and guests will also be required to wear masks at shows.

Barrel & Flow Fest

424 S 27th St., South Side. barrelandflow.com
Announced in an Aug. 10 email that the in-person section of the festival will require attendees to provide a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending. The festival announced earlier that it would be running at half of outdoor capacity to allow for adequate social distancing.

DLTSGDOM! Collective

Multiple locations. dltsgdom.bandcamp.com
The collective's shows will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of attendance for shows starting the week of Aug. 9. Proof of vaccinations or negative COVID test must match a photo I.D. Masks are also required, and the collective will have extra masks at the door.

40 North at Alphabet City

40 W North Ave., North Side. 40northpgh.com
As of Aug. 17, the restaurant will be requiring all dine-in guests to provide proof of vaccination upon entry. The proof can be the physical card or a photo of the card. The restaurant also requests that all guests where a mask while entering and moving about the Alphabet City space. Unvaccinated children will be asked to wear masks while not eating or drinking. Masks will be provided to guests who do not have their own. 

Leo. a public house

1207 Allegheny Ave., North Side. leopgh.com
Leo. a public house announced via social media that guests must show proof of vaccination along with matching identification for indoor service beginning Aug. 4.

Lola Bistro

1100 Galveston Ave., North Side. lola-bistro.com
Lola Bistro, owned by the same owners of Leo. a public house, announced via social media that guests must show proof of vaccination along with matching identification for indoor service beginning Aug. 4.

Mr. Roboto Project

5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. therobotoproject.com
Starting Aug. 9, the music venue announced in a social media post that it will be requiring event attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within in 48 hours of entry. Photos of vaccine cards will be accepted.

Pittsburgh Cultural District

Multiple locations, Downtown. trustarts.org
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that guests attending indoor performances at Cultural District will be required to provide proof of vaccination and wear face masks. The vaccine and masking policies begin with the return of indoor performances on Sept. 17 and are currently set to stay in place through Nov. 30.

Venues include Arcade Comedy Theater, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Benedum Center, Byham Theater, Greer Cabaret Theater, Harris Theater, Heinz Hall, Liberty Magic, O’Reilly Theater, and 937 Liberty.

A press release says guests will be required to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination with a valid ticket and driver’s license or government-issued identification. “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of the performance, a guest has received their second dose at least 14 days prior.

Pittsburgh Opera

2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. pittsburghopera.org
Pittsburgh Opera is requiring that guests attending indoor performances and events at its headquarters in the Strip District or the Benedum Center Downtown provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks will also be required. Additional details on and masking policies can be found on the Pittsburgh Opera website and are currently set to run through Nov. 30.

Pittsburgh Public Theater

621 Penn Ave., Downtown. ppt.org
Pittsburgh Public Theater will require guests attending performances at the O'Reilly Theater to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks. Additional details can be found on the PPT website.

Row House Cinema

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. rowhousecinema.com
Row House Cinema is reopening on Sept. 3 and it recently announced that anyone seeing a movie at the cinema must show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours. This is a temporary requirement, so stay tuned for changes. Row House staff members are fully vaccinated and will be wearing masks. Children under 12 are permitted to enter the theater but must wear a mask at all times.

Stage AE

400 N. Shore Drive, North Side. promowestlive.com/our-venues/stage-ae
Effective Aug. 18, the venue will require proof of full vaccination for concertgoers and event staff. Up until Oct. 1, attendees may provide a negative COVID test withing 72 hours of attending, where permitted. This comes after an announcement for the Dance Gavin Dance show on Sept. 24, which was moved outside in light COVID cases increasing.


5430 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. sporkpittsburgh.com
Starting Aug. 10, proof of vaccination will be required for diners at the fine dining restaurant. Sean Enright, Spork general manager, told TribLive that the new rule is about protecting staff and customers.

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. pitt.edu
Pitt announced on Aug. 5 that face coverings are required when indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. It is requested that vaccinated people outdoors on campus wear masks and maintain social distancing. Anyone in the University that hasn't provided proof of vaccination will have to participate in regular testing for COVID-19.


1506 E. Carson St., South Side. viridispgh.com
Viridis is requiring all guests and employees to wear masks inside. They also announced that minimal dine-in is available only for those who are vaccinated.