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Basilica Block Party will require proof of COVID vaccination or negative test result

The Cities 97.1 music festival announced the new policy Friday.

Basilica Block Party attendees will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result from the prior 72 hours to get in.

Festival organizers announced the new COVID protocols Friday morning, saying the goal is "to provide a safe and fun event for everyone."

The annual block party, put on by Cities 97.1, is scheduled for Sept. 10-11 this year, and will return to the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Anyone planning to attend will need to bring their proof of vaccination (the vaccination card, a photocopy of the card or a photo of it) or proof of a recent negative COVID test result, as well as a photo ID.

Importantly, the festival is requiring people to be fully vaccinated — meaning you've received your final dose at least two weeks prior. That means "the last day to receive the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson, is Friday, August 27 to attend both days of the festival," the website explains.

Use of a face mask is strongly encouraged, but not required.

The massive outdoor music festival Lollapalooza employed a similar COVID vaccination or negative test policy, An estimated 203 of the 385,000 attendees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of about two weeks later.

Music venues across the Twin Cities have announced vaccination or negative test requirements for upcoming shows, including all First Avenue venues, the Cedar Cultural Center and The Fillmore

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