Lollapalooza Begins in Chicago With Vaccine or Negative Test Required

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The hordes of people expected to descend on Chicago’s Grant Park for the Lollapalooza music festival this week will be required to show proof that they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease within the last three days.

The four-day festival started Thursday and is expected to be back at full capacity, with roughly 100,000 daily attendees.

After missing last summer because of the coronavirus, it will be easily Chicago’s largest gathering since the pandemic started.

To gain entry, attendees will have to present vaccination cards or a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old. The unvaccinated will also have to wear masks.

Public health officials and others have raised concerns that such a large gathering, even outdoors, risks turning into a super-spreader event.

Officials in the Netherlands were shocked after a much smaller music festival attended by 20,000 people over two days early this month led to nearly 1,000 cases of COVID-19, CNBC reported. That festival had similar safeguards to Lollapalooza’s.

Although the number of new daily cases in Chicago has climbed, from 104 a week ago to 176 as of Wednesday, the city hasn’t had the kind of surge many other parts of the country have experienced in recent weeks, and its daily average number of deaths and hospitalizations have dropped slightly.

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