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Bonnaroo and Summerfest to require vaccination or negative Covid test

It has been reported that both Bonnaroo and Summerfest will require a Covid vaccination or negative test for entry.

In separate statements, both of the US festivals announced the decision that will require festival-goers to be either fully vaccinated or be able to provide proof of a negative Covid test. The organisers of the Texas-based festival Bonnaroo revealed the decision yesterday on their social media channels. The festival is set to run from September 2-5 and will feature acts such as Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Tyler, the Creator and more.

In their statement, the organisers of Bonnaroo said: “The safety of our patrons and staff is our number one priority. As such a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend Bonnaroo 2021.”

Adding: “Bonnaroo strongly encourages vaccination. The last day to receive the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson is Thursday, August 19th,” it states in a reference to Donal Trump’s suggestion that the US population drink disinfectant to cure Covid -19.

Individuals who have not been vaccinated will need to get hold of a negative test within 72 hours of entering the festival grounds and have been asked to wear a face mask at all times.

The Milwaukee-based festival Summerfest released a similar statement the same day. It is set to kick off in September as well. It will run across several weekends throughout the month, from 2-4, 9-1 and 16-18 of September. The line-up will feature the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Miley Cyrus. Again, proof of vaccination or of a negative test 72 hours prior will be required, and children under 12 will need to wear a mask throughout.

In the statement, Milwaukee World Festival CEO Don Smiley said: “We collaborated with national health experts and music industry executives and determined this was the best course of action for Summerfest.”

Bonnaroo and Summerfest’s decision follows more pressure being placed on organisers to ensure their festivals are safe and limit the spread of Covid-19. Lollapolooza announced a similar decision last month.

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