Earlier today, concert promoter AEG Presents announced that it would require proof of full vaccination for all attendees and event staff at its venues and festivals starting October 1. Fellow concert promoter Live Nation also announced that a negative test or proof of vaccination will be required for its venues. Music festivals such as Louder Than Life, Bonaroo, Life is Beautiful and Coachella are requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests for anyone attending their concerts this year.
Despite many health concerns and backlash surrounding Lollapalooza, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Dr. Allison Arwady says that there are “no unexpected findings” from the festival with regard to COVID-19. Arwady took to Twitter to explain that while the festival was attended by over 385,000 people, it was not a “‘super-spreader’ event” or had any “substantial impact to Chicago’s COVID-19 epidemiology.”
She also stated that 203 total COVID-19 cases identified with Lollapalooza attendance, and that, as of now, no hospitalizations or deaths stemming from attendance have been reported.
We are now 14 days past the first day of Lolla and we are continuing to investigate cases of COVID. There have been no unexpected findings at this point and NO evidence at this point of “super-spreader” event or substantial impact to Chicago’s COVID-19 epidemiology.
— Dr. Allison Arwady (@DrArwady) August 12, 2021
Dead and Company recently announced that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test 48 hours prior to the event will be required.