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Over a dozen local venues announce COVID vaccination requirement

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CLEVELAND — In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases across Ohio and the nation, more than a dozen Northeast Ohio music clubs and theaters have joined together in announcing that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required for entry. 

The venues banding together for the new policy are:

“Many national touring bands are now requiring that venues have a policy of only vaccinated staff members on site during their show and that patrons also prove they have been vaccinated or are COVID negative,” said Cindy Barber, Co-Owner of Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in a statement. “And some may still require masks, but this policy may help keep our schedules mostly intact,” she added. “As Northeast Ohio venues, we all want to have the same base policy so our fans can understand and feel protected when they come out to support live music.”

The new policy will be in full effect no later than Tuesday, September 7th. Patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test within 48 hours of entry at venues throughout Northeast Ohio. These restrictions will remain in place indefinitely and are subject to change with current public health conditions and as guidance is reevaluated.

The move by the group of Northeast Ohio venues follows the lead of event companies LiveNation and AEG, which announced requirements of a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test for concertgoers and event staff last week. 

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