TAMPA, Florida – The MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds introduces new policy to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
From Monday, spectators will either have to show a negative PCR or Antigen test or proof of vaccination.
The test must be taken 72 hours after the event. The printed result must be presented in the amphitheater.
Guests who have been fully vaccinated (at least two weeks after the last dose) will be required to present their original vaccination record upon entry.
The change in protocol comes as the number of cases and hospitalization rate in Florida improve. However, Live Nation, the promoter and operator, said the change was to “ensure that we can continue to provide amazing live performances to fans.”
Over the weekend, the Gasparilla Music Festival used a similar protocol.
While some were frustrated with the policy, one of the festival organizers said he believed it was reasonable and doable.
“You know, I think that’s the way to go, isn’t it?” Said Brett Morgan, member of the board of directors. “I mean, at the end of the day, we can’t cocoon forever. We have to live our lives. We have to have fun. We need community, we need each other, we need culture, we need live music. “
The new protocol at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater will be instituted for the first time on Tuesday night when rapper NF performs on site.
Brooks and Dunn, KISS, the Zac Brown Band, Pitbull and the Jonas Brothers will also be performing at the amphitheater in the coming days and weeks.