Many Arizona concert venues to require COVID vaccine or negative test

Sep 2, 2021, 4:00 PM | Updated: 10:41 pm
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PHOENIX – Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test will soon be required for fans to attend concerts at many facilities across Arizona.

In a group announcement last month, 17 of the state’s independent venues said they would implement new COVID-19 mitigation policies by Sept. 20.

“We are taking this necessary stop for Arizona’s music fans to ensure that all concerts this fall can happen as scheduled,” the announcement said.

“We have a responsibility to our community and there are expectations for all who want to participate in activities in which they share an environment with others.”

The group includes 11 Valley locations: Celebrity Theatre, Crescent Ballroom, The Nash, Rebel Lounge, Rhythm Room, Valley Bar and Walter Where?House in Phoenix; Yucca Tap Room and Marquee Theatre in Tempe; The Nile Theater in Mesa; and West Side Blues Club (vaccine only) in Glendale.

Club Congress (inside shows only), Rialto Theatre, 191 Toole and Fox Theatre in Tucson; and Yucca North and the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff are also involved.

The businesses have been working to develop their verification procedures.

The Marquee Theatre announced Wednesday it would be using the Clear Health Pass app to verify proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event, starting Sept. 20.

The independent venues revealed their plans shortly after promoting giant Live Nation, which operates Ak-Chin Pavilion, The Van Buren and Arizona Federal Theater in Phoenix, said it would require proof of vaccination or a negative test at its venues starting Oct. 4.

In addition, some performers are already requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test from fans regardless of the site.

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Many Arizona concert venues to require COVID vaccine or negative test