Worcester Palladium will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test from October 15
The Worcester Palladium will begin requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test to attend upcoming shows, according to MassConcerts.
The new policy goes into effect on October 15.
MassConcerts says the new policy follows industry standards.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test that was performed within 72 hours of the event.
“We appreciate the continued support to help keep our community, patrons, artists and staff safe and look forward to seeing you at a show this fall,” wrote MassConcerts in his announcement on Twitter.
The Worcester Concert Hall staged its first show of the year on July 30 with nearly 3,000 fans in attendance for an outdoor Bright Eyes concert. It had been over a year since the last show in the hall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new requirement for proof of vaccination or negative tests is a change in policy for the site after co-owner Jonh Peters told MassLive in August that the site is unlikely to adopt such a policy unless the state does. mandate.
“I can imagine a time in the not too distant future when any indoor gathering will demand it,” Peters told MassLive.
But the venue implemented the policy on its own, citing a surge in the industry.
On Monday, September 20, a mask warrant went into effect in Worcester requiring individuals to wear masks inside all private businesses. This includes concerts at the Palladium.
“Be clear, we are in a battle, this is not hyperbole, we are in a battle with an enemy who is well equipped to deal serious damage and has already done so,” said Edward Augustus Jr., director of Worcester City. “You don’t go into battle with just a few of your weapons. You need all your weapons. Getting vaccinated and wearing a mask remains our best defense against our enemy. “
- The show continues at the Worcester Palladium with an outdoor concert space