Amid rising COVID-19 cases and the prevalence of the Delta variant, one location in Ann Arbor is demanding full proof of vaccination for anyone entering a concert. This includes members of the public, artists, crew, volunteers and staff.
The Ark in Ann Arbor shared the news on Facebook saying they had updated their COVID policies and procedures based on the current situation and advice:
While COVID is not yet in the rearview mirror, vaccination, masking, and other safety protocols are helping to come together in today’s environment. The Ark’s protocols are aligned with many other venues and events as we join the music industry in thoughtfully working to prevent live music from disappearing again.
Masks will also be required at all times, except for performers on stage and clients briefly while eating and drinking.
L’Arche adds that they will continue to monitor the situation and advice closely and make appropriate changes.
Ann Arbor Washtenaw County is currently listed by the CDC as having “substantial” risk of transmission of COVID-19. Almost all of Michigan’s counties fall into the “substantial” or “high” risk category. The CDC recommends masks in indoor public places in all areas where transmission of the COVID-19 virus is significant and high, regardless of vaccination status.
Two of the largest live event promoters in the United States recently updated their COVID-19 policies. Live Nation asks participants to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. AEG Presents requires proof of vaccination for fans and staff At all events.