The Preservation Society of Newport County today announced that it will require all visitors to the Newport Mansions ages 5 and older to provide proof of vaccination against COVID beginning Monday, January 3.

Visitors who purchase tickets or memberships onsite will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at the time of purchase. For those already holding tickets, and for members, proof of vaccination must be provided at the entrance.

Beginning Saturday, January 15, the Preservation Society will also require visitors to the Newport Mansions to provide proof of a COVID booster shot for all those eligible to receive it.

These same requirements – which also include wearing face coverings indoors – will extend to employees, fellows, interns, volunteers and others who work or provide services on Preservation Society properties.

“We continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID, and we intend to be flexible and responsive to evolving conditions,” Preservation Society CEO Trudy Coxe said Tuesday in a statement. “Our goal, first and foremost, is to help protect the health of our visitors and our staff. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.”

For full details of the Newport Mansions vaccination policy, please visit

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