Several Detroit-area music and event venues will soon begin requiring patrons to supply proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID test within the 24 hours for entry.
Among them are The Masonic Temple and the Royal Oak Music Theatre, both managed by concert company AEG. AEG announced last Thursday that they would require proof of vaccination or a negative test at all AEG venues. They attributed this policy change to the Delta variant and widespread vaccine hesitancy across the US. AEG also puts on Detroit’s Mo Pop music festival.
Detroit’s Marble Bar led the charge towards vaccine or test requirements in venues on July 26. They also cited the Delta variant and a sense of responsibility to keep patrons safe in an intimate nightlife environment.
The Film Lab cinema in Hamtramck announced on Wednesday that they would check for vaccine cards and begin requiring all patrons to wear masks while inside. Unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated individuals will not be allowed to enter.
The Magic Bag will require proof of vaccination status or a negative test. Anyone seeking entry will need to present their physical vaccination card alongside a state ID or passport.
Small’s Bar, another Hamtramck venue, currently requires all patrons and performers to provide proof of full vaccination with the last dose occurring 14 days prior to arrival, or a negative COVID test from within the last 48 hours.
Planet Ant also announced that they would require proof of vaccination and masks ahead of their upcoming reopening.
Live Nation, one of the US’s largest concert promoters, also recently introduced new COVID guidelines for both performing artists and guests. Live Nation operates both The Fillmore and Saint Andrew’s Hall/The Shelter in Detroit, so these rules will definitely apply there. However, Live Nation is also associated with shows at venues it does not own, so these restrictions may be relevant at other shows — check your tickets to be sure of the restrictions at upcoming shows.