A famous Tennessee music festival is set to require its patrons to be vaccinated, or submit to compulsory testing.

“The safety of our patrons and staff is our number one priority. As such a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend Bonnaroo 2021,” Bonnaroo said on Twitter. “Bonnaroo strongly encourages vaccination. The last day to receive the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson is Thursday, August 19th.”

“For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours (3 days) of first entering Centeroo. Bonnaroo requests that unvaccinated individuals wear a mask at all times while on The Farm,” the organization said in a third tweet.

Centeroo is the part of the festival where the main stages and headline performers are located.

According to The Tennesseean, for any patron who misses the 72-hour COVID-19 vaccination window, or for those who lose their COVID-19 vaccination card, rapid tests will be available for $40. If a patron tests positive, they will receive a complimentary second test.

Some responses applauded the festival’s organizers for their diligence. Still, others were unsatisfied.

“If this is the route they’re choosing – regardless of vaccinated or not, negative tests should be required for everyone considering vaccinated people are just as likely to acquire and spread the virus just as easily as those unvaccinated,” one Twitter user said.

“Having a negative Covid test three days out does not ensure someone won’t have Covid. Please give us our money back,” said another.

Bonnaroo will be held September 2 – September 5 in Manchester, which is about an hour south of Nashville.

The internationally-known festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

This year, it features artists like The Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Tyler The Creator and Rufus Du Sol.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Bonnaroo” by Shannon McGee. CC BY-SA 2.0.