With music tours and festivals slowly making their returns amidst the appearances of COVID-19 variants, Live Nation confirmed that it will allow artists to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from audience members and staff.
In a memo obtained by Variety, artists who will perform shows with Live Nation in the United States “can require all attendees and staff to be fully vaccinated or show a negative test result for entry, where permitted by law.” It continued, “We believe this is a great model, and we have already implemented this successfully at many major shows including Lollapalooza. We know people are eager to return to live events and we hope these measures encourage even more people to get vaccinated. That is the number one thing anyone can do to take care of those around them and we are encouraging as many shows as possible to adopt this model.”
Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino also added that as of October 4, “all employees in the U.S. [must] be vaccinated to enter one of our events, venues or offices – with limited exceptions as may be required by law.” The company will offer an extra day off for every dose.
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