Minneapolis' iconic First Avenue has announced that effective immediately and for the "foreseeable future," it will require all guests to prove their have been vaccinated for COVID-19, or have recently tested negative.
The requirement was announced Monday and comes amid growing alarm over the spread of the delta variant, with more than 500 new cases now being reported daily in Minnesota.
"Effective immediately, all concerts and events at First Avenue and associated venues will require either proof of a full series of Covid-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken in the prior 72-hours," the venue said.
"Patrons must have a completed Covid-19 vaccination card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative Covid test result from 72-hours or less prior to the event."
First Avenue reopened its doors in July for the first time in more than 500 days, and currently has more than 400 shows booked at its various venues including First Avenue, 7th Street Entry, Palace Theatre, Turf Club, The Fitzgerald, and the Fine Line Music Cafe.
Even if an unvaccinated guest is able to prove a negative test within the last 72 hours, they are still being encouraged to wear a face mask while attending
"Taking this step ensures the safety of our guests, staff, and the artists, and implementing this simple measure minimizes risk and the spread of the virus. First Avenue’s previous policy included mandatory vaccinations for staff, and this is an extension of those precautions."