Lexington Railbird Music Concert: Coronavirus Requirements

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Lexington’s first large-scale event since the start of the COVID pandemic will take place this weekend and local health officials are watching closely.

Could the two-day sold-out Railbird music festival in Keeneland expected to attract 30,000 fans, could it be a COVID supercast event?

Coronavirus safety precautions were announced on August 6, requiring all customers to be fully vaccinated or test negative within 72 hours in advance.

Dr Daniel Rodrigue, an infectious disease specialist at CHI St. Joseph Health, said on Tuesday that preliminary studies show that other music festivals that have taken multiple precautions have not caused a major outbreak.

Rodrigue said this week that he would definitely encourage everyone to wear masks.

“It doesn’t take much to have someone who is not vaccinated, who is not masquerading to transmit this in a closed setting,” he said. “It’s acting more contagious than it started out, and all of us in the community are going to be watching closely to see what happens.”

Lollapalooza, which was held a month ago in Chicago with 385,000 people, has only been connected to around 200 new cases, according to published reports. The festival must also ask all participants to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or to test negative within 72 hours. The crowd in Chicago appeared largely unmasked.

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Fans clap and wave their hands in the air on day one of the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Grant Park in Chicago. Despite concerns from some that the festival would turn into a COVID-19 super-spreader, officials said on August 12 that was not the case. Shafkat Anowar PA

The Lexington-Fayette County Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday that “a large-scale event has the potential to create problems, and our hope is that the organizers continue to put forward the protections they have provided for the participants.”

Health ministry officials stressed that participants should take additional precautions:

  • Keep your distance from those outside your household.
  • Do not go to Railbird if you are sick, especially if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The festival also asks you to stay home if you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days.

Railbird COVID security, traffic plan

According to the Railbird website, the organizers will refund tickets for those who test positive and cannot attend.

Upon entry, everyone, including children, will be required to show a printed copy of an immunization card or record or a printed negative test result showing the date of the last 72 hours. It is unclear how the festival organizers plan to verify the documents.

While a quick COVID test is accepted, a home test will not, according to the festival’s COVID rules website.

Unvaccinated fans will need to wear a mask on site; everyone is asked to bring a mask, but Railbird does not require vaccinated concert fans to wear one outdoors.

Vaccination control and testing could impact traffic, which was an issue even before the pandemic during the first Railbird in 2019. Organizers are encouraging fans to reserve seats on the shuttles that will depart from Blue Airport. Grass and the Rupp Arena rather than expecting it. to be able to take a ride via Uber or Lyft.

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The 2021 Railbird will have more than twice as many people in attendance, so expect traffic delays and bottlenecks at the entrance while COVID documents are checked. Ryan C. hermens [email protected]

Janet Patton covers restaurants, bars, food and bourbon for the Herald-Leader. She is an award-winning business journalist who has also covered agriculture, gambling, horses and hemp.
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