AEG presents to require proof of vaccination for concert halls
AEG Presents, a global leader in concerts and live events, announced today that it will require proof of vaccination for entry into its owned and operated clubs, theaters and festivals. The move comes on the heels of a dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads across the United States. AEG Presents is either the owner or partner of iconic venues and festivals such as New York’s Webster Hall and Brooklyn Steel, the Roxy and El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, the Theater at Resorts World Las Vegas, the Firefly Music Festival, the Day N Vegas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Coachella Music & Arts Festival, among others.
The vaccination policy, limited only by law, will be fully in effect nationwide no later than October 1, 2021. Several sites have already followed local government vaccination mandates, more are expected to arrive in the weeks leading up to October 1. The date was chosen specifically to allow time for eligible unvaccinated ticket holders and staff to achieve fully immunized status if they choose to do so. Until October 1, AEG Presents will implement a policy of showing proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test performed within 72 hours of the date of the show, when permitted.
“We came to the conclusion that as a market leader it was up to us to take a real stance on vaccine status,” said Jay Marciano, COO of AEG and CEO of AEG Presents. “Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about the direction of our company and our country. The Delta variant, combined with vaccine reluctance, pushes us in the wrong direction again. We realize some people might see this as a dramatic step, but it’s the right one. We’re also aware that there might be some initial setback, but I’m confident and hopeful that at the end of the day we’ll be on the right side of the story and do what’s best for them. artists, fans and organizers of live events. . “
Shawn Trell, COO and General Counsel, AEG Presents added, “Some state regulations may override our tenure, or a few artists may not want to immediately join the plan, but we know that to use our platform for taking a strong position on vaccinations can have an impact. The message we want to get across is simple and clear: the only way to be as safe as possible is to demand that everyone be vaccinated. And we are confident that others who have not yet been ready to make this full commitment will follow our example. “
The immunization policy will be implemented as an open policy, with any changes or reversals informed by updates regarding infection rates, transmission data, variant developments, and local and federal regulations.
“Our hope is that our proactive stance encourages people to do the right thing and get vaccinated,” added Marciano. “We’ve already had to break some bad news on JazzFest this week; I think everyone can agree that we don’t want concerts to go away anymore, and that’s the best way to prevent that from happening.
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