Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival now requires proof of vaccination
The latest in a wave of events tightening up vax safety
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, which has been presenting outdoor concerts at the Bandshell in Prospect Park since 1979, announced Tuesday that attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a show in order to gain entry to the festival.
The decision comes after music festivals across the nation, including SummerStage in Central Park, have rolled out similar protocols in response to the increase in COVID-19 infections and the rise of the Delta variant. The number of new COVID-19 cases in New York City on Aug. 16 was 2,139, up from 1,019 on July 17 and 231 on June 17 of this year.
Under a new city policy, which went into effect on Monday, venues such as restaurants, catering halls, hotel banquet rooms, bars, coffee shops and indoor fitness centers now require proof of vaccination. However, until recently, outdoor venues were thought to be reasonably safe.
“While BRIC remains committed to creating open and accessible musical experiences for all of New York City, we must also ensure the safety of our staff, our audiences and the communities that we serve,” said Lia Camille Crockett, executive producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.
“We wholeheartedly believe that coming together for live cultural events is one of the most important ways for us to heal and move forward. This extra layer of protection is what we need right now to create an environment that is safe for us all,” she said.