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SNL Finally Returns This Weekend With Live Studio Audience For First Time In Six Months

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

SNL Finally Returns This Weekend With Live Studio Audience For First Time In Six Months

Live from New York, SNL is back!

After going on a hiatus due to COVID-19, and then attempting to do some virtual shows, Saturday Night Live will premiere with a live audience once again this Saturday, October 3!

The big comeback episode will be hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, and new intro footage showcases some nods to the pandemic: the face mask on the Prometheus statue in Rockefeller Center…plus cast members walking around the city with masks on:

Of course, there will be lots of safety regulations. First, you should only buy tickets for those in your “social bubble,” ie: those you’ve been in repeatedly close contact with “on multiple occasions prior to the show.” Basically, you shouldn’t try to meet up with random friends while going to a show. Tickets are available in groups of 2,7,8 or 9. All people you’ve requested tickets to must come to the show in order for any of you to be seated.

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Here are also some other regulations:

  • All guests will be required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival. This is a self-administered lower nasal antigen test with results yielded before the show. (If anyone if the group tests positive, the entire group will not be let in).
  • Temperature checks will also be required at check in. (If anyone has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, the entire group will not be let in).
  • Face coverings/masks are required at all times while inside the building – no bandanas, no gaiters, no masks with vents will be allowed.
  • All audience members will be asked a series of questions prior to admission:
    • Are you exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19?
    • Have you exhibited any symptoms to COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 14 days?
    • 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?
    • Have you traveled to any of the following states in the past 14 days? Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming (list updated as of 9/26/20; list changes, based on NY State guidance)

You can currently request tickets here on 1iota for this Saturday, October 3, for the live show or dress rehearsal. Plus there are special tickets set aside for healthcare workers!

In other news: The Met Opera Has Now Canceled All Shows Until Fall 2021

featured image source: ©2017/Will Heath/NBC