Live Nation will soon require performers, concertgoers and crew to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result for entry at all of its venues and festivals, where local laws allow, starting on October 4. The concert and ticketing company previously left the decision in the hands of artists.
“Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of October 4th we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the US,” said Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino. Lollapalooza attendees needed to show they had been vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter this year’s festival in Chicago.
Live Nation employees must be vaccinated by October 4 and will not be allowed to use negative test results to continue working for the company. “Beyond October 4th, all of our employees will also need to be vaccinated in order to visit one of our events, venues or offices,” a spokesperson for Live Nation explained as per NBC News.
The policy change comes in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant. Negative test results must be obtained within 48 hours of the concert or festival.
Live Nation venues include Fillmore and House Of Blues outposts and dozens of amphitheaters. Lollapalooza, Music Midtown, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo are among festivals produced by the company or its affiliates.