JEFFERSONVILLE – Attendees at the upcoming Abbey Road on the River Music Festival will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results to enter the festival.
Organizers announced the decision on the festival’s website, saying “the top priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of our customers, staff and groups.” The annual Beatles-inspired festival is scheduled to take place on Labor Day weekend from Thursday, September 2 to Monday, September 6 at Big Four Station Park in downtown Jeffersonville.
Fully vaccinated customers must present their vaccination record upon entry, and those who are not fully vaccinated must get a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, or three days, of their first attendance at the music festival.
The festival does not currently require fully vaccinated participants to wear masks in outdoor spaces. However, they are advised to wear masks in crowded areas.
Those who are not fully immunized and test negative are asked to wear a mask in crowds and around other people.
The festival is also asking patrons to stay socially distanced from those outside of their group and to wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.
Children under 12 will not be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test, but must wear masks around other people not in their immediate family group, and they can remove their masks while eating and around of their family.
Gary Jacob, the producer of the festival, said that “these are not easy choices” but he believes it is the safest option as they prepare to bring together thousands of people for the festival.
“When you measure the option of going down our chosen path rather than just letting it be, there just seems to be too much risk with thousands of people who you don’t know if they’ve been vaccinated or tested,” did he declare.
Of those polled, around 80% of people considering frequenting Abbey Road on the River are vaccinated, Jacob said.
He noted that other music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Pitchfork, Summerfest and Railbird have made similar decisions.
“We’ve all been closed for a year and a half – festivals big and small – and we finally have a chance to come back,” he said. “We have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars invested in these properties, and we cannot afford to let that happen.”