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We need concerts back. This isn't us complaining either. The loss of the live music industry has been like a domino affect, hitting millions of musicans, workers, and fans across the globe. We have lost the essential community togetherness that music has brought to so many of us, and I don't know about you, but my mental health has been extremely affected by the culmination of all of it.
But, the only way we can get concerts back is if we do it SAFELY.
And Ticketmaster has just announced that they will implement and strictly enforce new protocols once tours and festivals finally do return. The live music company will now be requring all fans to show negative Covid-19 tests or show vaccinations to attend concerts.
Wallet? Check. Water? Check. COVID-19 test?
The pre-concert checklist for music fans is about to get more complicated, as Ticketmaster is planning to check the coronavirus vaccination status of concert-goers prior to shows once a treatment is approved, Billboard reported Wednesday.
The ticketing giant plans to have customers use their cellphones to verify their inoculation or whether they’ve tested negative for the virus within a 24- to 72-hour window, according to the exclusive report.
The plan, which is still being ironed out, will utilize three separate components, including the California-based company’s digital ticketing app, third-party health information firms like CLEAR Health Pass and testing/vaccination distributors like Labcorp or CVS Minute Clinic.