COVID-19

Local music venues to require proof of vaccination to get in

The State Theatre and Bell's Back Room will require a negative COVID test for the unvaccinated.

Indoor concerts are back on the events list. Kalamazoo’s State Theatre has a number of shows coming up. So does Bell’s Back Room. But no one will be able to get in without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

Both venues have announced that people attending concerts at their venues will have to submit proof of vaccination at least 14 days prior or a negative COVID test within the past 72 hours.

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The policy at the State Theatre will go into effect on Friday when Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute takes the stage. It will be the venue’s first full-capacity show since March of 2020.

“We’re already running on a skeleton crew after the shut-down, and even one illness creates a more fragile environment for all stakeholders. This is as much risk as we are able to take at this time,” said Marketing Director Harry Phillips in a statement.

A similar policy will go into effect at Bell’s on September 8. That will be the date of the venue’s first indoor show since the beginning of the pandemic.

Unlike the State Theatre, Bell’s will be utilizing an app to verify vaccination status. Bell’s has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass to manage proof of vaccination.

[Fox 17, MLive]

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