“Our top priority is the safety and well being of our fans as well as that of the hard working men and women who make these events possible.”
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Editor’s note: The video in the player above is from a story published on July 22, 2021.
Maroon 5 is not about to make some ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ when it comes to the health and safety of their fans and workers on their fall 2021 tour.
The group announced on social media Tuesday that due to rising COVID-19 cases across the United States, fans with tickets to a tour date scheduled on or after August 16 will need to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to gain entry into the show.
“We want you to know that our top priority is the safety and well being of our fans as well as that of the hard working men and women who make these events possible,” the group wrote in a statement on social media. “To that end we want to convey our support of recent news around shows starting to require additional protocols for entry, therefore starting on Aug 16th and in the following markets, proof of a negative test result within 48 hours of your show OR full vaccination will be required to attend.”
The group’s decision reflects a growing movement to have the highest level of safety standards possible present for entertainment events. Just last week, LiveNation announced that it would let artists choose whether or not to require a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination for upcoming concerts across the country.
The group is scheduled to perform at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls on Wednesday, August 25, with special guest Blackbear.
Details for the event and the updated COVID-19 procedures have been sent out to ticket holders, according to the band’s post.
“Thank you all for understanding this precaution. We want our fans to stay safe and healthy and we really want to bring the show to all cities as planned,” the band concluded.
And while Maroon 5 may be one of the first to announce guidelines like this, they are certainly not the last.
On Wednesday evening, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff tweeted that the group is working with venues and organizers to put in place similar measures to ensure the safety of all in attendance.
“Working with the promoters and venues now to make sure all shows are vaccine / negative test for entry for the bleachers tour. we’re not messing around. every show will be as safe as possible,” Antonoff tweeted.
His group is scheduled to perform at the House of Blues on November 3.
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