Cincinnati concert venues to require vaccination, negative COVID-19 test at all shows

Riverbend Music Center, PNC Pavilion, ICON Music Center and Taft theater will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before any concert starting in October. Music & Event Management, Inc., the company that manages the venues, said the new requirement will begin Oct. 4.The decision was made to protect the health of concert-goers, touring artists and employees, and to prevent another shutdown of live music, the company said. Here’s what fans need to know:All fans must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination — either the original vaccination card or a printed copy of the vaccination card with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation. Unvaccinated fans need to have received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue.Unvaccinated fans under 12 years of age will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and will provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue.Unvaccinated fans over 12 years old with a valid medical restriction & medical note will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and will provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue.Ticket holders are encouraged to check venue websites for updates prior to attending any show.For shows happening before Oct. 4, any updates or changes to entry requirements will be at the artist’s discretion, the company said.For these shows, ticket holders who purchased through Ticketmaster will be contacted directly via email with the updated requirements.For now, artists can make the decision if they want their fans vaccinated or to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before taking in the show.But, for most venues, it will be required come October, including Riverbend.”We don’t ever want to see the entertainment music industry close down again,” Music and Event Management Inc. marketing director Rosemarie Moehring said.Music and Event Management announced Monday it will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to any concert at their venues starting Oct. 4.Music and Event Management joins Live Nation and Anschutz Entertainment Group with its decision as the delta variant drives a surge in cases across the U.S.The decision leaves some fans frustrated.”We’re big fans,” Maroon 5 fan Keith Butler said. “My wife’s a huge fan. We wanted to see the show. We were looking forward to that and now these stipulations have been placed upon us. So, we’re exercising our rights, so to speak.”Butler said he is now trying to sell his tickets and hoping, if not, he will get a full refund from Ticketmaster.Moehring said if someone wants a refund from Maroon 5, Dead & Company or Dave Matthews Band, all of whom have made this a requirement, they can request it from Ticketmaster 72 hours before the show.”If you cannot provide either of those, beginning 72 hours prior to all of those concerts, you can then go back to your point of purchase, Ticketmaster.com and request a refund,” Moehring said.Your proof of vaccine or negative test must be on paper.No pictures will be accepted.It has to be in hand along with your license.Moehring said it’s important to be patient because the process to enter the concert will take longer now that they will have to check the results from each concertgoer.

Riverbend Music Center, PNC Pavilion, ICON Music Center and Taft theater will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before any concert starting in October.

Music & Event Management, Inc., the company that manages the venues, said the new requirement will begin Oct. 4.

The decision was made to protect the health of concert-goers, touring artists and employees, and to prevent another shutdown of live music, the company said.

Here’s what fans need to know:

  • All fans must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination — either the original vaccination card or a printed copy of the vaccination card with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.
  • Unvaccinated fans need to have received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue.
  • Unvaccinated fans under 12 years of age will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and will provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue.
  • Unvaccinated fans over 12 years old with a valid medical restriction & medical note will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 48-hours before the event and will provide proof of negative result to security prior to entering the venue.

Ticket holders are encouraged to check venue websites for updates prior to attending any show.

For shows happening before Oct. 4, any updates or changes to entry requirements will be at the artist’s discretion, the company said.

For these shows, ticket holders who purchased through Ticketmaster will be contacted directly via email with the updated requirements.

For now, artists can make the decision if they want their fans vaccinated or to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before taking in the show.

But, for most venues, it will be required come October, including Riverbend.

“We don’t ever want to see the entertainment music industry close down again,” Music and Event Management Inc. marketing director Rosemarie Moehring said.

Music and Event Management announced Monday it will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to any concert at their venues starting Oct. 4.

Music and Event Management joins Live Nation and Anschutz Entertainment Group with its decision as the delta variant drives a surge in cases across the U.S.

The decision leaves some fans frustrated.

“We’re big fans,” Maroon 5 fan Keith Butler said. “My wife’s a huge fan. We wanted to see the show. We were looking forward to that and now these stipulations have been placed upon us. So, we’re exercising our rights, so to speak.”

Butler said he is now trying to sell his tickets and hoping, if not, he will get a full refund from Ticketmaster.

Moehring said if someone wants a refund from Maroon 5, Dead & Company or Dave Matthews Band, all of whom have made this a requirement, they can request it from Ticketmaster 72 hours before the show.

“If you cannot provide either of those, beginning 72 hours prior to all of those concerts, you can then go back to your point of purchase, Ticketmaster.com and request a refund,” Moehring said.

Your proof of vaccine or negative test must be on paper.

No pictures will be accepted.

It has to be in hand along with your license.

Moehring said it’s important to be patient because the process to enter the concert will take longer now that they will have to check the results from each concertgoer.

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