Live Nation Canada announces new anti-COVID measures

Live music has returned, but given the virulence of the delta variant, we’re hardly back to normal. Live Nation Canada has announced new vaccine requirements for the shows it is promoting across the country. Here’s the press release:

Live Nation Canada announced that it will be rolling out protocols requiring all artists and fans to either show proof of COVID vaccination OR a negative COVID test to enter shows at Live Nation Canada’s fully owned and operated venues, where permitted by law.

Live Nation Canada said it will have the policy in full effect nationwide no later than October 4, 2021, though many shows will likely implement these protocols sooner as they look to make the switch as soon as possible. Additionally, beyond October 4th, all Live Nation Canada employees will need to be fully vaccinated in order to work at or visit venues or offices.

Outdoor shows have the lowest risk of transmission, but Live National also runs History (a new indoor venue in Toronto), The Danforth Music Hall (Toronto), Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver), Midway (Edmonton) and The Velvet Underground (Toronto). LN is also “sharing best practices for artists to request these policies at third-party venues where Live Nation promotes shows but does not control protocols.” Let’s hope those places take the advice.

The company is enacting similar protocols around the world. They claim that 90% of attendees at this year’s Lollapalooza showed up fully vaxxed. Of those, 12% said they only got the jab so they could come to the gig.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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