Well being officers say the COVID surge is fueled by unvaccinated People and the extremely contagious Delta variant.
The musical pageant usually attracts about 100,000 attendees per day, and that has some folks frightened.
“I do assume there’s going to be a big threat of transmission at a tightly packed occasion akin to Lolla, sadly,” Dr. Zachary Rubin mentioned.
Lollapalooza mentioned they’re implementing well being measures on the direct of town and the Chicago Division of Public Well being.
Every particular person should present a printed vaccine card on the gate, or proof of a destructive COVID-19 check taken inside 72 hours of attending. For the reason that pageant is 4 days lengthy, weekend-long attendees should get examined a number of occasions.
If you do not have the papers, you’ll not get in.
“We have now tightened up the safety procedures,” mentioned Bob Klich of Monterrey Safety.
A retired CPD commander with greater than 35 years of legislation enforcement expertise, he is aware of methods to run a pageant. However this 12 months their greatest concern is well being.
“It’ll be a difficult factor to do, however it is a new world that we’re getting into as America and the world begins to open up,” Klich mentioned.
Klich and different safety staff members can be conserving an in depth eye out for faux vaccine playing cards and anybody attempting to sneak in.
“There are two sorts of fences. The principle fences are very laborious to recover from. They’re going to be patrolled by our safety and safety from different corporations, together with CPD,” he mentioned.
However an increase in circumstances remains to be anticipated by many docs.
Dr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Lutheran Normal Hospital weighed in on the dangers.
“The excellent news is it is an outside occasion and we all know that transmission of the virus is far much less probably is far much less probably in out of doors areas,” Dr. Citronberg mentioned.
Whereas some well being consultants say it is unlikely to turn out to be a brilliant spreader occasion, they are saying there are possibilities for a spike in COVID circumstances. And Dr. Citronberg issued a warning for individuals who aren’t vaccinated.
“Each single particular person at that occasion who’s unvaccinated is liable to getting COVID-19,” he mentioned. And I believe you must actually give consideration about not going in case you are unvaccinated.
Dr. Citronberg mentioned in case you are unvaccinated and also you do go, common material masks will not do. He mentioned to put on an n-95 sort masks for max safety.
Lollapalooza will get underway Thursday and runs by means of Sunday.
Lolla’s website has listed the protection protocols now in place. You should be absolutely vaccinated, or have a destructive COVID-19 check inside 72 hours of attending Lolla. Whenever you enter, you could have a printed copy of your vaccine card, vaccine document, or destructive COVID check. You have to even have your pageant wristband. In case you’re unvaccinated, Lolla’s web site says it’s important to put on a masks as effectively.
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