In accordance with applicable local public health guidelines, a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend Lollapalooza 2021. For customers who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-test result- 19 must be obtained within 24 hours. to attend Lollapalooza every day.WATCH | Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell help Chicago mayor announce Lolla’s return
“To attend Lollapalooza, you will either need to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test for each day that you plan to attend,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “So the easiest way by far if you want to attend Lollapalooza is to get yourself vaccinated now. “
“Knowing that you have to at least take a negative COVID test to go there, I feel a lot more comfortable,” Kelsey Danner said.
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The festival will be at full capacity. In 2019, it drew 400,000 people to the park in four days.
“We have made huge strides in containing the spread of COVID-19, with all of our major metrics stable or declining,” Arwady said. “This is a reason to celebrate and why we are able to make this announcement today. To make sure we celebrate safely this summer, I encourage everyone to continue to be safe and smart; if you are sick, stay home; wash your hands frequently; wear a mask if you are traveling or using public transport; and especially get vaccinated if you have not already done so. ”
WATCH | Chicago City Officials Discuss Lollapalooza Plans How fans will prove they’ve been vaccinated is still ongoing, but it could involve mobile apps or showing your vaccination card. Details on the festival registration process will be available in early July, organizers said.
The city hopes to encourage more people to get vaccinated. So far, only 38% of Chicagoans have gotten their vaccine.
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The tens of thousands of people flooding downtown this summer mean a long-lost influx of foot traffic for struggling stores and restaurants.
“There are no other festivals in this city this year that are as important as Lolla in attracting visitors to our city,” said Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association . “There are obviously hundreds of other festivals in the neighborhoods of the city, but none of them are as important for tourism as Lollapalooza. “
Lolla’s comeback is truly music to the ears of Mahde Ashkar, whose family has owned Harold’s Chicken on South Wabash since 1992. He said there was at least a 75% increase in its activity when the festival is on. in the city.
“Lolla has become kind of a staple for the Chicago summer,” Ashkar said. “For the hospitality industry, it’s one of the busiest and most lucrative – it’s only boosting the economy for almost the week before. Everyone’s doing business when Lolla is here. “
Others in the struggling hospitality industry are also celebrating the news. Hotels that have occupied barely a fraction of their rooms in the past year may be able to reduce lost revenue.
“They’ll likely provide 85-95% occupancy during that time and that means around 75-80,000 rooms sold in the city,” hospitality consultant Ted Mandingo said.
But right now, business owners say they hardly have the staff to meet this type of demand.
“We are delighted that they are really focused on trying to bring some of the business back to Chicago,” said Martin Murch, chief and managing member of Good Eats Group. “The problem is, we feel like we’re going to get run over. ”
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