Live Nation Australia to bring in new COVID-19 protocols

Artists, crew members and staff at all events hosted by Live Nation Australia (LNA) will be required to show evidence of being fully vaccinated or testing negative for COVID-19, according to a new report. 

The development comes after the operator’s US sister company confirmed that the same protocols would be introduced on October 4, with promoters able to apply additional measures if requested.

A date for the introduction of such rules at LNA events has not been confirmed.

However, Roger Field, president of Live Nation Asia-Pacific, told Music Feeds: “All over the world, showing proof of COVID vaccination or negative test is proving to be an effective way at getting fans safely back to large-scale events.

“In Australia when the timing is right, we need to work with government to explore and trial these kinds of initiatives as a way to get the show back on the road.”

It is unclear when the time will be right for such a move, however, with Australia currently suffering its worst wave of the pandemic so far, according to official figures. 

Millions of residents in and around Sydney are currently locked down until the end of September, while on Thursday the country reported 754 new cases – its highest number since the start of the outbreak.

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