No proof of vax, negative COVID test required for Kanye’s ‘Donda’ event at Soldier Field
Per Live Nation, point-of-entry COVID protocols will be left up to individual artists.
Kanye West’s “Donda” listening event at Soldier Field will be implementing minimal COVID-19 safety protocols, it was revealed Tuesday.
Unlike the point-of-entry mandates in place at Lollapalooza in July, which required proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results, attendees at “The Donda Album Experience,” which kicks off at 9 p.m. Thursday, will not be required to show proof of either to gain entry to Soldier Field. Seating capacity is being reduced to 38,000, however, instead of the usual 63,000 “sold-out” tier associated with Chicago Bears games.
The decision to not require proof of vaccination or negative test results for the Kanye event is in line with Live Nation’s announcement earlier this month that leaves entry mitigations up to the individual artists at all of its U.S. events and tours.
Masks will be optional for all outdoor areas at Soldier Field, though “recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded outdoor settings,” according to a statement from Chicago Park District communications director Michele Lemons.
Per Soldier Field safety protocols, masks will be required for all public indoor spaces in accordance with CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health guidelines, and those areas include include the United Club, Miller Lite Midway, Pro Shop, North Garage, bathrooms, elevators and enclosed hallways.
“Kanye West’s performance is one of many examples that show that Chicago can be open and safe at the same time,” Lemons’ statement went on to say. “We have worked with Soldier Field on COVID-19 safety protocols, as we have other venues including Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields, and feel this event can be safely held with the proper mitigation efforts in place. ... and we know that transmission is less likely at outdoor events.”