Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases and the prevalence of the Delta Variant, an Ann Arbor venue is requiring proof of full vaccination for everyone entering a concert. This includes audience members, artists, crew, volunteers, and staff.

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The Ark in Ann Arbor shared the news to Facebook saying they'd updated their COVID policies and procedures based on the current situation and guidance:

Though COVID isn’t in the rearview mirror yet, vaccination, masking, and other safety protocols make gathering together in the current environment possible. The Ark’s protocols are in alignment with many other venues and events as we join the music industry in working thoughtfully to keep live music from disappearing again.

Masks will also be required at all times except for artists on stage and patrons briefly when eating and drinking.

The Ark adds they'll be continuing to closely monitor the situation and guidance and make changes as appropriate.

Ann Arbor's Washtenaw County is currently listed by the CDC as having "substantial" risk for COVID-19 transmission. Nearly all Michigan counties are in the "substantial" or "high" risk category. The CDC recommends masks in indoor public settings in all areas with substantial and high transmission of the COVID-19 virus, regardless of vaccination status.

Two of the largest live events promoters in the US recently updated their COVID-19 policies. Live Nation is requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. AEG Presents is requiring proof of vaccination for fans and staff at all events.

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