By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
CAMDEN, N.J. — Camden’s BB&T Pavilion will require those who attend shows at the venue to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19 test result.
The venue is one of many throughout the region operated by Live Nation, which announced its new policy last week. The protocol, which requires fans and artists to be vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test, will take effect on October 4.
“Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of October 4, we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the U.S.,” Michael Rapino, the president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, said in an interview with NBC News.
Live Nation operates all shows at the BB&T Pavilion and PNC Bank Arts Center, but it also books shows at a number of other venues throughout New Jersey. It books shows at Asbury Park’s iconic Stone Pony Summer Stage, the Prudential Center in Newark, and MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Outside of the Garden State, Live Nation runs bookings at the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island and the Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island.
As COVID-19 cases have increased nationwide, many in the entertainment industry have felt pressure to require COVID-19 vaccinations to resume normal operations. The NFL, for example, has effectively required its players, coaches, and staff members to get vaccinated or be subject to the league’s strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Some individual teams and stadiums have also required fans to be vaccinated if they wish to attend games.
In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy instituted a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for workers in the healthcare industry or those who work in high-risk settings. Those who work in certain state-run healthcare facilities have to be fully inoculated against the virus or be subject to regular weekly testing.
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