Will a COVID Test and/or Vaccine be Required for Live Events?
It's fun to dream about getting some normalcy back in our lives. Sitting on the 50-yard
line of US Bank Stadium, enjoying a cocktail from behind home plate of Target Field, watching your favorite singer take the stage at First Ave, busting a gut watching a comedy show at Mayo Civic Center. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get back to all of that!
So, what does that look like? When can that happen? Well, Ticketmaster is ready to rock, once the vaccine is available. BUT, to get into a show/game, you'll need proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID test to enter. Hey, if it gets me back to the fun stuff I miss SO much safely, I'm all for it.
According to Billboard, the plan is still being ironed out but will utilize three separate components - the Ticketmaster app, third-party health information firms like CLEAR Health Pass, and testing/vaccination distributors like Labcorp or CVS.
Here's how it would work if approved: After purchasing a ticket for an event, fans would need to verify that they have already been vaccinated or test negative for coronavirus approximately 24 to 72 hours prior to the event. If the tests were negative, or the fan was vaccinated, the health pass company would verify the attendee's COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, which would then issue the fan the credentials needed to access the event.
“In order for live events to return, technology and science are going to play huge roles in establishing integrated protocols so that fans, artists, and employees feel safe returning to venues," - reBUILD20, a group helping lead post-pandemic planning and recovery.
Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced Monday that they expect to produce up to 50 million doses of its vaccine candidate — BNT162b2 — for global distribution by the end of 2020 and as many as 1.3 billion doses next year.