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Saturday Night Live will return for its 46th season on October 3rd, and they will have a live studio audience for the broadcast.

The show announced via its Instagram that tickets for the premiere were available, and they will be reserving blocks of tickets specifically for health care workers. In addition, a strict set of COVID-19 policies would be in place. Listed on the ticketing website, SNL‘s COVID-19 policies are as follows:

“Please request tickets for you and anyone you consider to be a part of your “social bubble.” ‘A “social bubble” is defined as a group of people, related or unrelated, who have repeatedly entered into close contact (defined as <6 feet) with all others in that group, on multiple occasions prior to the night of the show.

All ticket applicants should request either 2, 7, 8 or 9 tickets, depending upon the size of your “social bubble.” Please note that all people for whom you’ve requested tickets must come to the show, in order for any of you to be seated.

If selected for tickets the following rules/guidelines will apply:

  • 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.
  • Temperature checks will also be required at check 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)

Please note anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed admission and the party may not be granted admission either. A positive COVID-19 test for any member of your group will result in the entire group not being granted admission.”

The 46th season of SNL will premiere on NBC on October 3. Chris Rock will be the host, and Megan Thee Stallion will be the musical guest.

Starting October 1, SNL‘s entire 45 season run will be available on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock.

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