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CHICAGO (WLS) – Day four of Lollapalooza Sunday is expected to end as Chicago’s biggest music festival since the pandemic, however, the day has not come without controversy, but not so much over the festival’s COVID security measures.
One of the final day’s headliners, DaBaby, was pulled from the lineup on Sunday morning, according to event organizers.

In a Tweet, the organizers of Lollapalooza said, “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusiveness, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. “

The move came following homophobic comments the artist made on stage at last week’s Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.

During the performance, he made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV, and also spoke rudely about women.

Now, instead of DaBaby, Young Thug will perform in his place at 9 p.m. on the Bud Light Seltzer stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4 p.m.

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The popular music festival quickly made last-minute changes to admission requirements as COVID cases in Chicago continue to rise and health officials once again aim to slow the spread of the virus amid the contagious Delta variant. County health officials announced a new recommendation of “universal masking” on Friday, prompting festival organizers to change their COVID security protocols.

Spectators were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter, but following Friday’s announcement, organizers decided to also require masks to be used in all indoor spaces in Grant Park starting Saturday.

“It’s a virus that needs to be respected, and it’s something we need to take precautions against, so the message is always simple. If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated. This is still the best way to protect you, and we need to apply other protections as we fight the Delta virus in our area, so this is where the inner masking comes in, ”Dr Michael Lin said. , infectious disease specialist at Rush University Medical Center.

On Sunday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, provided an update on the city’s response to the rising number of COVID-19.

“We don’t have a current goal or plans to shut Chicago down again, but we need people, please, again to step up. We have been through this pandemic. Well, so far, especially when you compare what happened right from the start to after we were able to put in a lot of these mitigation measures, ”Dr Arwady said.

The new mask advisory comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the Delta variant can be spread by fully vaccinated people with a breakthrough infection.

“I wear a mask just to be safe,” said Karen Maze, a Lolla participant.

At Lolla, you must wear a mask in interior spaces like the merchandise store, hospitality lounges, wristband assistance tents, and ticket booth.

COVID tests presented by unvaccinated participants cannot be longer than 72 hours, so anyone with a four-day pass who is not vaccinated must get tested twice.

“It’s pretty easy for everyone to get tested. They were offering it just down the street; it’s pretty easy for everyone to get the vaccine if they feel comfortable, and so I think it was appropriate; it doesn’t prevent anyone from entering unless they have COVID, which I think is right, ”said participant Reagan Tallmadge.

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Unvaccinated guests must also wear a mask, and pop-up testing sites can be found all around the perimeter of the festival.

The city hoped it would be a safe celebration, but the number of cases in Chicago is rising.
Lolla organizers tweeted Thursday that more than 90% of people presented proof of vaccination, 8% brought negative COVID tests and 600 people did not bring documents and were not allowed entry.

The music festival, which brings together around 100,000 people in Grant Park every day, ends Sunday evening.

Street closures

-Balbo Drive from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed until Friday August 6; Balbo’s closure continues to Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and remains closed until Monday, August 2.

-Jackson Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive is closed until Friday August 6; Jackson’s closure was extended to Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and remains closed until Monday, August 2.

-Columbus from Monroe Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed from Monday July 26 at 8 p.m. to Monday August 2; Columbus’ closure is extended to Randolph Street on Monday July 26 at 8 p.m. and continues through Monday August 2. Additional northbound center lanes on Columbus from 13th Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. The closure continues through August 2.

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-Ida B. Wells / Circle is closed from Michigan to Columbus on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and remains closed until Monday, August 2.

-Monroe Street from Michigan to DuSable Lake Shore Drive is closed Wednesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. and remains closed until 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 2.

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