Vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required for music lovers hoping to attend the popular Rooster Walk Reunion Music Festival this fall.
According to the announcement, “creating a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment for our community and for everyone in attendance is of the utmost importance to the Rooster Walk festival organizers, board of directors, and staff.”
“In response to the threat of the delta variant, Rooster Walk Reunion will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend the event.” Testing must be done no more than 72 hours before the event.
Unvaccinated festivalgoers also will be asked to wear a mask in situations where social distancing is not possible.
“This safety precaution is being implemented to protect everyone in attendance—patrons, staff, artists, vendors, volunteers and community members. It is also to help sustain the music industry. Increasing our country’s vaccination rate is the quickest path to returning to normalcy and getting back to a ‘normal’ concert experience. Let’s band together and put this virus at bay. This (is) the best option to be able to host events safely.”
“Thank you in advance to all festival attendees for their support and understanding as we update our safety protocols to overcome the constant changes and challenges brought on by COVID-19,” said Johnny Buck, festival co-founder.
Rooster Walk’s website details other COVID-related precautions and protocols, including limiting the crowds at Pop’s Farm to 50 percent capacity for all summer and fall shows. Concert attendees will be subject to a health screening questionnaire, and anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or who has had direct contact with a COVID-positive person, is suspected of having been exposed to the virus, or is displaying symptoms will be issued a full refund and not allowed to enter the venue.
According to their website, “Rooster walk is an advocate of all members of the general population getting vaccinated for COVID, though we do not think less of those who chose not to for personal reasons.”
Just a few hours after making the announcement, Rooster Walk’s Facebook page indicated only positive responses to the new requirement.
Music lovers who hope to be fully vaccinated in time for Rooster Walk Reunion (October 8-10) should receive their first Moderna shot by Wednesday, August 25; first Pfizer shot by Wednesday, September 1; or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Wednesday, September 22.
Rooster Walk is encouraging, but not currently requiring vaccinations for concerts held on August 28 and September 11.
To find local vaccination sites, visit www.vaccines.gov. For more information about Rooster Walk and its COVID-19 guidelines, visit www.roosterwalk.com.