These NJ concert halls will soon require a COVID vaccination or negative test
Attending a concert at many of New Jersey’s most popular concert halls will soon require more than a ticket.
The entertainment juggernaut Living country announced on Friday that it will require proof of COVID vaccination or a recent negative test for all participants and performers at its sites starting October 4. Live Nation works PNC Bank Arts Center to Holmdel and BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
The company also organizes events at Prudential Center in Newark, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and the Stone Pony Summer Course in Asbury Park, but since these locations do not belong to Live Nation, they are not currently included in the new mandate.
“The vaccines will be your return ticket to the shows, and from October 4th we will follow the model we developed for Lollapalooza and require it for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere. in the United States “, Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, told NBC.
AEG presents, who operates Starland Ballroom in Sayreville and also promotes some shows at the Prudential Center and MetLife Stadium announced Thursday that starting October 1, all attendees and staff must show proof of vaccination. Until then, AEG will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. Participants aged 12 or under and therefore not eligible for the COVID vaccine will be able to attend with a negative COVID test after October 1.
“Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about the direction of our business and our country,” said Jay Marciano, COO of AEG. said in a press release. “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. “
A spokesperson for AEG Presents told NBC the vaccination mandate does not include artists but that they “strongly encourage artists and their teams to be vaccinated for all our shows”.
None of the promoter giants’ measures include mask requirements, although AEG has said face coverings are “encouraged.”
The warrants come as the United States again sees an increase in COVID-19 cases, especially among unvaccinated residents. New Jersey reported on Monday 1,145 new cases, further increasing the state’s seven-day average by 324% from last month. COVID-related hospitalizations statewide reached 853, more than double the total last month.
The October schedule coincides with the end of most outdoor concert programs, as shows will move indoors, where the virus has been found to spread much more easily.
Large-scale concerts resumed in New Jersey in mid-July and a few dozen outdoor performances took place, including Luke Bryan at PNC Bank Arts Center July 18 (around 17,000 fans), Guns N ‘Roses at MetLife Stadium August 5 (over 40,000 fans) and Phish’s three-night relay on Atlantic City last weekend (over 30,000 fans every night). No proof of vaccination or negative COVID test was required.
There are many more great outdoor shows planned for New Jersey in the coming weeks, including two huge festivals: Barefoot Country Music Festival (Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band) on Wildwood Beach this coming weekend – tens of thousands are expected; no proof of vaccination or COVID test required – and the Listen now music and surf festival (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins) on Asbury Park beach on September 18-19, which typically draws 30,000 fans and announced last week that it would require proof of vaccination or a COVID test negative.
So far, no COVID outbreak has been reported during large-scale performances in New Jersey. The new measures will aim to maintain this trend and avoid another shutdown, which has cost the live music industry billions of dollars since March 2020.
Editor’s Note: Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, and the Wellmont Theater have yet to make announcements on vaccination requirements, as reported in a previous version of this article.
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