Today, the California Department of Public Health increased the requirements already in place for indoor mega-events in the state, announcing that proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of an event will be required. for indoor gatherings where 1,000 participants or spectators or more are in attendance. This includes concerts, sporting events, festivals and fairs.
Currently, a vaccination check or negative pre-entry test is required when there are 5,000 or more people for an indoor event. In addition, self-attestation to verify vaccination status will no longer be accepted. The changes will remain in effect until November 1, 2021.
“The Delta variant has been shown to be highly transmissible, which makes it easier to spread in large crowds where people are close to each other for long periods of time,” said Dr Tomás J. Aragón, director of the CDPH and responsible for state public health. “By requiring that individuals be vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 during major events, we reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization and death.”
On Monday, Los Angeles County announced that guests at all outdoor events attended by more than 10,000 people are also expected to wear masks starting at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow.
California’s announcement of the restriction was accompanied by statements from two of the state’s largest event companies.
“Vaccination and health check-up requirements ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy live music while encouraging even more people to get vaccinated, which is why Live Nation has made it standard in our venues and festivals across the country. We fully support California’s efforts and will stand together in continuing to bring live music back to the Golden State, ”said Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment.
“Today’s announcement adds another layer of protection to make our state, sites and communities safer. Our fans, team members and families all want to feel as protected as possible from COVID-19 while enjoying our favorite concerts and sporting events. We are proud to partner with public health officials to continue to play a role in encouraging those who have not been vaccinated to follow the advice of medical experts, ”said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG.
The announcement comes on the same day that Garth Brooks canceled his next five performances on the tour, citing an increase in Covid cases across the country.