DOVER, Delaware (AP) – Attendees at an annual Delaware music festival will need to prove they have been fully vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19.
The Firefly Music Festival, with headliner Billie Eilish, is set to begin Thursday at Woodlands of Dover International Speedway and run through Sunday.
Delaware State News reports that state health officials hope the preventive measures put in place will prevent the festival from becoming a large-scale event.
âRequiring vaccinations or a negative test is a great first step. Encouraging good behavior like distancing, masking and hand washing will also have a big impact, âsaid Dr John Fink, vice president of quality and medical affairs at Bayhealth. âAt the end of the day, everyone who takes part will need to be aware and make the right decisions to ensure their health and safety. “
The festival, which began in 2012, was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
The precautions come as Delaware experiences an increase in rates of COVID-19 cases spurred by the delta variant. The state recorded an average of 466.6 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week.
Participants will be required to present a vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test administered by an official testing center no later than 72 hours before entry. Results from the home test kit will not be accepted.
Health professionals also recommend bringing a mask to the festival, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.