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Britt to require COVID tests or vaccination proof

Gladys Knight performs for a large crowd on opening night for the 2021 season of the Britt Music & Arts Festival. Mail Tribune file photo.

Britt Music & Arts Festival audience members will either need to show that they’re fully vaccinated or will need to get tested for COVID-19 prior to the show.

Starting Aug. 28 with the Pink Martini concert, the Jacksonville outdoor performance venue will require that each concertgoer completed their vaccination schedules at least two weeks prior to showtime or that the concertgoer tested negative for COVID-19 within the past day and a half, according to a release issued by the nonprofit Friday.

The performing arts venue’s mask policy — requiring face masks to be worn at entry and all times during the event except “when not actively eating or drinking” — remains in place.

The new testing policy is in response to the rise in COVID-19 delta variant cases and hospitalizations in the Rogue Valley, but the festival states in the release that the protocol “is also being encouraged by many of the artists in our lineup.”

At the door, all concertgoers ages 12 or older must either present a vaccination card or a clear photo of their vaccination card showing that they’re fully vaccinated as defined by the Centers for Disease Control — 14 days after the individual’s second dose of either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Children between the ages of 2 and 11 won’t have to be tested or show proof of vaccination, but they are required to wear masks during the performance.

If a patron can’t show proof of vaccination, the venue will accept proof of a negative test within 36 hours of entry from either a certified clinic or a new on-site rapid testing kiosk that uses antigen rapid tests and results from the certified clinic Curative, Inc.

The rapid test kiosk, which is provided at no additional cost to patrons, will be near the main entrance of Britt Pavilion, and will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. the day before the show and 1 to 9 p.m. the day of the show.

The venue will not accept results from at-home or self-administered COVID-19 tests. Those who test positive may return their tickets for credit within 10 days of the performance.

For further information, contact Britt’s box office at 541-773-6077 or email boxoffice@brittfest.org.