Treefort Music Fest announced Wednesday morning that it has lifted COVID-19 entry mandates for this year’s event, which runs March 23-27.

Within hours a group announced they would not be coming to Boise because of this.

“There will be no vaccination or testing requirements to attend and face masks will be optional at Treefort 10,” according to a press release from the organizers of the music and arts festival. “Treefort is committed to ensuring the safety of all traveling artists while at Treefort so that they can continue their tours. There will be certain spaces and events at Treefort 10 that will require masks, which will be marked on the calendar and with on-site signage. Treefort will continue to offer free vaccinations, testing and on-site symptom screening.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Portland band Floating Room tweeted that they were cancelling: “Unfortunately we will no longer be playing Treefort as they have lifted vaccination, testing and masking requirements. Apologies to anyone who intended to see us there!”

Floating Room is the only act to drop, according to Treefort publicist Marissa Lovell.

Treefort 9 in Fall 2021 asked festival-goers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test, or submit to a health screening. According to organizers, eighteen people tested positive for COVID-19 while trying to take part in the five-day event. These fans were turned away.

More information on health guidelines can be found at treefortmusicfest.com/safety.

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Attendees at Treefort Music Fest in 2021 were required to wear face masks unless eating or drinking. Sarah A.Miller [email protected]

This story was originally published March 9, 2022 3:26 p.m.

Entertainment writer and opinion columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts came to fruition at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sportswriter, editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has spanned from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a bachelor’s degree in editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.