Lollapalooza 2021: Chicago Music Festival ends as COVID cases continue to rise in the city

CHICAGO (WLS) – The fourth day of Lolapalusa Sunday is set to end as Chicago’s largest music festival since the epidemic.

However, the day did not come without controversy, but not so much because of the festival’s COVID security measures.

One of the headlines of the last day, DaBaby closed on Sunday in the morning, according to the event organizers.

Lollapalooza organizers tweeted that “Lollapalooza was built on diversity, inclusion, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will not be performing in Grant Park again tonight. “

The decision was made after homophobic comments made by the artist on stage at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami last week.

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

Now instead of DaBaby, Young Thug will perform at Bud Bud Seltzer Stage at 9 p.m. and G Herbo at 4 p.m.

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The popular music festival made rapid last-minute changes to admission requirements as COVID cases in Chicago continue to rise as health officials aim to slow the spread of the virus once again in the face of the contagious version. of Delta.

County Health Officials Announce New “Universal Mask” Proposal FridayEncourage festival organizers to change their COVID safety protocols.

Concert goers were required to show proof of vaccination or negative proof of entry, but after Friday’s announcement, organizers also intended to require the masks to work in any closed area of ​​Gran Park starting Saturday.

“This is a virus that must be respected, it is something against which we must take precautions, so the message remains clear. If you haven’t been vaccinated, do it yourself. “It is still the best way to protect yourself. Եւ We need to layer other defenses as we fight the Delta virus in our area, so this is where closed masking comes in ”:

On Sunday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arvadi updated the city on the growing response to COVID-19.

“We do not have the current intention or plans to close Chicago again, but we need people, please take action one more time. We have overcome this epidemic. “Since we were able to manage a lot of those mitigations,” Dr. Aruadi said.

The new mask advice comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the delta version can be transmitted by people who are fully vaccinated and have a progressive infection.

“I wear a mask to be safe,” said Karen Mays, Lola participant.

In Lolla you have to wear a mask in enclosed areas like a grocery store, hospitality salons, wrist tents և locker.

COVID tests shown by unvaccinated participants cannot be more than 72 hours in advance, so anyone who does not have a four-day vaccination must be tested twice.

“It just came to our attention then. They offered it on the street. It’s pretty easy for everyone to get vaccinated if they’re comfortable, և I think it’s appropriate. “It’s not to let anyone out if they don’t have COVID, which I think is fair,” said participant Reagan Talmaj.

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Unvaccinated guests must also wear a mask, and pop-up testing sites are located around the festival.

The city hoped it would be a safe vacation, but the number of incidents in Chicago is increasing.
Lolla organizers tweeted Thursday that more than 90% of people showed evidence of vaccination, 8% had negative COVID tests, and 600 had no documents and had no access.

The music festival, which draws about 100,000 people to Grant Park every day, ends Sunday night.

Closing the streets

-Balbo Drive from Columbus Drive to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed through Friday, August 6; Balboa closes on Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26, and closes at 8 p.m. through Monday, August 2.

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

– Columbus from Monroe Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed Monday, July 26, from 8 pm to Monday, August 2; The closure in Columbus extends to Randolph Street on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and continues through August 2. Additional central highways north of 13th Street in Columbus on Monday, July 26 at 8 pm The closure continues through August 2.

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-Ida B. Wales / Circle is closed from Michigan to Columbus on Monday, July 26 at 8pm և Closed through Monday, August 2.

Monroe Street from Michigan to DuSable Lake Shore Drive is closed Wednesday, July 28 at 8 pm է Closed Monday, August 2 at 6:30 am.

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