Music company AEG Presents is looking to ensure that patrons at their venues and festivals stay COVID-free. By Tomas Mier
In an announcement made on Thursday, Coachella and Goldenvoice (AEG Presents) shared that attendees will be required to show full proof of vaccination before entering events they host starting October 1.
“Goldenvoice will require proof of full vaccination for concert-goers and event staff at all of our venues and festivals,” the statement read. “The vaccination policy, limited only as required by law, will be in full effect nationwide no later than October 1, 2021.”
Until then, fans will be able to either show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show date.
— Coachella (@coachella) August 12, 2021
Among the venues are the El Rey Theater, Terminal 5, The Fonda Theatre, The Regency Ballroom, Webster Hall and The Roxy. Apart from Coachella, AEG is also charged with festivals such as Stagecoach, the Buckeye Country Superfest, Camp Flog Gnaw, Day N Vegas, Firefly Music Festival, Hangout Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
“Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about where our business, and country, were heading,” AEG Presents CEO Jay Marciano said in a release announcing the changes. “The Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again.”
Last week, Variety reported that Live Nation will allow artists to decide what they would require at venues.
Several artists have outlined similar policies at their shows. Jason Isbell is requiring fans to show proof of vaccination or negative tests before shows.
“I’m all for freedom, but I think if you’re dead, you don’t have any freedom at all so it’s probably important to stay alive before you start questioning your liberty,” he said. “It’s life and then it’s liberty and then it’s the pursuit of happiness. Those are in order of priority.”
This story originally appeared on People.com.