The live music scene came to a screeching halt last year, but concerts have slowly started up again. However, if you are planning on attending a concert or two for the end of summer and into the fall, you will need to check and see what the vaccination or Covid-19 testing requirements are.
AEG Presents Announces Vaccine Mandate
Yesterday, AEG Presents, which owns several concert venues and festivals throughout the U.S., announced they will require proof of vaccination for entry into any of its venues. The policy will be fully implemented no later than October 1, 2021. This is to allow those not vaccinated to be vaccinated before they attend a concert after October 1. Jay Marciano, COO of AEG and Chairman and CEO, AEG Presents, said in a statement they made the decision because “the Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again.”
Highlights from the policy include:
- The policy requires anyone attending a concert to bring their vaccination card.
- Before October 1, all attendees (and staff) must provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the event.
- Anyone under 12 attending an event must have a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the event.
- Masks are not required unless required by law but are strongly encouraged.
- Those with medical conditions or religious beliefs that stop them from getting vaccinated can contact the festival directly for requirements, as documentation will be required.
Some of AEG’s venues and festivals include New York’s Webster Hall, The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, Firefly Music Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, and more.
Live Nation Vaccination Policy
Entertainment company Live Nation has decided to let event organizers and artists decide if vaccinations and/or negative Covid tests will be required to attend events.
City Winery Vaccination Policy
City Winery, which has several venues across the United States, is requiring anyone who is not vaccinated to provide a negative test result. Masks are required for any indoor events.
Bottom Line on Concerts and Vaccine Requirements
As it has been since the beginning of the pandemic, policies change rapidly. If you are not vaccinated, and you have tickets to a concert, make sure you check to see what the policy is before arriving at the event. Be prepared to wear a mask if it is indoors, show proof of vaccination, or show proof of a negative test taken within a certain time period before the event.
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