Negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted for entry to Essence Fest, policy change sent in error

Negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted for entry to Essence Fest, policy change sent in error

The Essence Festival of Culture is clarifying its coronavirus safety protocols after a Tweet was sent Friday in error. According to an Essence Festival spokesperson, negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted for entry to festival events. The spokesperson said the policy change was sent in error. Everyone who attends any Essence Festival event must have proof of full vaccination. The festival’s website explains acceptable proof for entry: “Per, our current entry policy for ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ attendees must be fully vaccinated for entry into all venues.”This event shall be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event and which may change at any time as determined by federal, state or local government agencies or instrumentalities, artists or the promoter; such requirements may include, without limitation, changes to capacity, attendance procedures and entry requirements, such as proof of vaccination, and other protective measures such as requiring attendees to wear face coverings when inside venues.”All attendees agree to follow festival policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at the festival. According to the CDC, older adults and people of all ages with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19. All attendees should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the festival. By entering the festival, attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and confirm that they will adhere to local quarantine mandates and the CDC quarantine requirements, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.” To view the rules for the event, click here. This comes after Louisiana is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases. There are currently no coronavirus restrictions in the city of New Orleans. The festival brings more than half a million people to the Crescent City. This year’s theme is “It’s The Black Joy For Me” and the festival will be the first one ever that offers a live component and the option to connect virtually. This year’s festival is happening from June 30 through July 3. For more information about Essence Fest, click here.

The Essence Festival of Culture is clarifying its coronavirus safety protocols after a Tweet was sent Friday in error.

According to an Essence Festival spokesperson, negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted for entry to festival events.

The spokesperson said the policy change was sent in error.

Everyone who attends any Essence Festival event must have proof of full vaccination.

The festival’s website explains acceptable proof for entry:

“Per, our current entry policy for ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ attendees must be fully vaccinated for entry into all venues.

“This event shall be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event and which may change at any time as determined by federal, state or local government agencies or instrumentalities, artists or the promoter; such requirements may include, without limitation, changes to capacity, attendance procedures and entry requirements, such as proof of vaccination, and other protective measures such as requiring attendees to wear face coverings when inside venues.

“All attendees agree to follow festival policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at the festival. According to the CDC, older adults and people of all ages with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19. All attendees should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the festival. By entering the festival, attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and confirm that they will adhere to local quarantine mandates and the CDC quarantine requirements, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.”

To view the rules for the event, click here.

This comes after Louisiana is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

There are currently no coronavirus restrictions in the city of New Orleans.

The festival brings more than half a million people to the Crescent City.

This year’s theme is “It’s The Black Joy For Me” and the festival will be the first one ever that offers a live component and the option to connect virtually.

This year’s festival is happening from June 30 through July 3.

For more information about Essence Fest, click here.

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