The City of Austin says it will require ACL Music Festival attendees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event regardless of vaccination status.
City officials updated their health guidelines for event applications two weeks ago. The enhanced criteria says a version of the Health and Safety Form must be completed as part of the special event application process by event organizers and it must state that the special event will require attendees to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of the event.
This is regardless of the health guidelines ACL Music Festival has put out, which say they will request proof of a negative test OR proof of vaccination status.
This is the response from Sara Henry, Austin Center for Events public information manager, who confirmed their criteria would apply to ACL Music Festival:
The City’s requirement for special events permits is, “screening at event entrances by requiring in-person attendees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the event.” Austin Public Health (APH) will accept a plan that requires attendees to show a negative test 72 hours before the 1st day of the festival weekend.
Festival organizers responded: If we have additional updates about safety protocols, we will communicate them via our website and social channels.