No vaccine or test, no entry: More major music venues make the call
Posted October 4, 2021 9:41 a.m. EDT
Updated October 4, 2021 11:25 a.m. EDT
Several entertainment venues across the Triangle are now requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.
Until recently, most venues were only requiring face masks.
Now DPAC and all Live Nation venues, which include the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Red Hat Amphitheater and the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, require one of the two options.
The Carolina Theatre in Durham and The Ritz in Raleigh are also requiring vaccination or a negative test within the last 72 hours.
Fully vaccinated individuals must have received their final dose at least two weeks before the event.
Several venues are taking precautions a step further, requiring staff and even performing artists to be vaccinated or show a negative test.
Last week, 3 Doors Down canceled their Oct. 7 show at Red Hat, citing "new regulations put in place since the announcement" of the show.
Last month, health officials said big crowds packing stadiums and downtown streets haven't led to a spike in coronavirus infections as much as small, intimate gatherings have.
Since the pandemic began in North Carolina, only eight clusters, totaling 136 cases statewide, have been tied to concerts, festivals and sporting events, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. A cluster is defined as five or more coronavirus cases that can be linked together.
Multiple health departments say a large number of cases are coming from casual indoor gatherings where people are in close contact without masks.
Restaurants, for example, are linked to a recent uptick in virus clusters, state officials said.