TUCSON (KVOA) – Theater and music lovers will soon be required to show proof of vaccination when attending a concert after several iconic venues recently announced the implementation of this policy for their patrons.
In June, Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2770, allowing businesses in Arizona to not be required to enforce mask mandates put in place by local government officials. As this legislation officially takes effect on September 29, local governments have turned to Ducey, hoping he will implement new COVID-19 mitigation efforts in response to the recent reversal by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. of its guidelines for the use of indoor masks.
However, in a statement issued shortly after the guidelines changed, the Governor of Arizona said, “Arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports, or discrimination in schools based on who is or is not vaccinated. We passed all of that into law, and that’s not going to change.”
In response, several local businesses have decided to take COVID-19 mitigation efforts into their own hands. On Monday, 15 Arizona venues shared a signed letter saying they will implement a policy that would require a vaccine or negative test requirement to attend events at their venues. Additionally, they will require the use of masks in their facilities.
Of the venues that signed the letter, four companies were based in Tucson – the Rialto Theater, Club Congress, 191 Toole and the Fox Tucson Theater.
“Anyone who’s been inside the theater knows it’s a small confined area, people sit very close together. I think it’s for the protection of the people in there but also for the artists. So I’m very supportive of that,” said Jim Robinett.
But others think that this policy is not the best idea.
“I think it’s so stupid, it’s our choice whether to do it or not. You kind of control us in a way. That’s how I think,” Ember Kimball said.
The full letter can be viewed below.
Arizona independent venues signing this letter will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to attend a concert or event by September 20, 2021.
We are currently working on the logistics of the verification process and will share these details in the coming days on our individual websites and social media pages.
We encourage everyone who can get vaccinated to do so, for their own benefit and that of all of us. We are taking this necessary step for Arizona music fans to ensure that all concerts this fall can take place as planned. We have a responsibility to our community and there are expectations for anyone who wants to participate in activities in which they share an environment with other people.
191 Toole, Tucson
Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix
Club Convention* (indoors only), Tucson
Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
Fox Tucson Theater, Tucson
The Marquee Theater, Tempe
The Nash, Phoenix
The Nile Theater, Mesa
The Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff
The Rialto Theater, Tucson
The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix
The Rhythm Room, Phoenix
Valley Bar, Phoenix
Walter Where?House, Phoenix
West Side Blues Club* (vaccine only), Glendale
On Monday, Arizona reportedly recorded 2,400 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 976,826. The death toll remained at 18,464, with no new related deaths reported that day.
The Arizona Department of Health Services also shared that Arizona’s population is currently 54.2% vaccinated.
To register for a vaccination appointment, visit podvaccine.azdhs.gov or azhealth.gov/findvaccine, or call 1-844-542-8201.
To learn more about vaccination sites, visit azdhs.gov.