Today, the California Department of Health increased the requirements for indoor mega-events that are already in place in the state, announcing that indoor events with 1,000 or more attendees or spectators will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of an event happening . This includes concerts, sporting events, festivals and trade shows.
A vaccination certificate or a negative preliminary test is currently required for an indoor event of 5,000 or more people. In addition, self-reports for checking the vaccination status are no longer accepted. The changes are valid until November 1st, 2021.
“The Delta variant has been shown to be highly transmissible, making it easier to spread in large crowds where people are close together for long periods of time,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “By requiring people to be vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 at major events, we are reducing the risk of infection, hospitalization and death.”
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On Monday, the Los Angeles district announced that guests at all outdoor events with over 10,000 people will also have to wear masks from 11:59 p.m. tomorrow.
The California restriction announcement was accompanied by statements from two of the state’s largest event companies.
“The vaccination and health check requirements ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy live music while encouraging even more people to get vaccinated. Because of this, Live Nation has made this the standard at our venues and festivals across the country. We fully support California’s efforts and will stay in step to continue bringing live music to the Golden State, “said Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment.
“Today’s announcement adds another layer of protection to keep our state, our venues and our communities safer. Our fans, our team members, and our families all want to feel as safe as possible from COVID-19 while enjoying our favorite concerts and sporting events. We are proud to work with public health officials to continue to play a role in encouraging those who have not vaccinated to follow the advice of medical experts, ”said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG.
The announcement comes the same day Garth Brooks canceled his next five tour appearances, citing a surge in Covid cases across the country.