City and color requiring proof of vaccination as Sask. eye measurements in concert halls

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The promoter of the Live Nation Canada event and musician City and Color are among those calling for COVID-19 measures during their shows.

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As musicians and event promoters increasingly call for action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, two of Saskatchewan’s largest venues are pledging to be receptive.

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While they are not currently introducing general requirements themselves, representatives from the SaskTel Center in Saskatoon and the Conexus Arts Center in Regina have said they are willing to request proof of vaccination or a COVID test result. -19 negative on a case-by-case basis if requested.

On Thursday, musician Dallas Green, who goes by the stage name City and Color, said he would require venue staff, tour staff and ticket holders for his North American tour to provide a proof of full vaccination or a negative test.

Green’s next shows in the province are scheduled for November 27 at TCU Place in Saskatoon and November 28 at the Conexus Arts Center.

TCU Place has not responded to requests for comment at press time.

Conexus said Thursday it would impose the measures. Ticket holders will need to get their second dose of vaccine at least two weeks before the show – on or before November 13. This decision is event specific and requested by the artist, Conexus noted in a statement.

“If you are attending other events at the Conexus Arts Center, no proof of vaccination will be required at this time, unless otherwise specified. “

A similar route will be taken by the SaskTel Center. Executive Director Scott Ford said on Friday the venue “is considering” requiring proof of vaccination.

“For some of our clients, this may be a condition of entry; the artist or developer will not perform in your building if you do not show proof of mandatory vaccination, ”said Ford. “So we’re definitely looking at that for sure. “

Live Nation Canada said last week that it will soon add these requirements for entry to its concerts and apply the rules to as many Canadian shows as possible.

“They bring a lot of shows to Saskatchewan, including my building and other buildings in Saskatoon, Regina and across the province,” said Ford. “So we definitely want to continue to have their business and we would look at that. “

Some smaller sites are also on board. Last week, Amigos Cantina of Saskatoon announced that he would be rrequire patrons, staff and artists attending live events to provide proof of vaccination.

The exchange in Regina will have the same requirements, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society said in a statement on Friday.

All patrons and artists must provide proof of vaccination or a dated negative test within 72 hours of opening the doors. Out-of-province vaccination records will be accepted.

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The StarPhoenix has contacted 11 other sites in the two cities to ask questions about the COVID-19 measures they are considering. Two sites in Saskatoon responded.

In an emailed statement, The Bassment executive director Julie Dell said immunization checks are a “subject that we have discussed and will continue to discuss,” but for now, The Bassment does not. not apply.

“We plan to continue discussing this option and adjust the protocols according to SHA guidelines,” Dell said.

Black Cat Tavern booker Vince Geiger said the venue has a “handful” of gigs going on that are confirmed for vaccine validation.

“We want everyone to get vaccinated so that we can get back to what we do best,” Geiger said in an email.

“We’re just waiting to see how and where others apply it and see what counts as valid evidence in Canada before we take any more of these steps on a larger scale, as there are still a handful of questions that need to be answered.” answer first. ”

– With files from the Canadian Press

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