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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Over the course of the pandemic, many entertainment venues were forced to implement a number of restrictions on their guests. As numbers in the state continue to drop, these restrictions are being loosened, but that does not mean visitors will be free to go with no regulation at all.
While most venues across the state are moving to mask recommendations instead of requirements, some say that contracts with certain performers may still force patrons to mask up or show proof of vaccination.
Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre, says that individual artists and production companies may impose requirements of their own as a part of their contract with the venue, even though the theatre itself is lessening its regulations.
“Our first Broadway show, which is Come From Away starting December 21 through the 26th – they will require all ticket holders, all patrons to wear masks,” she explained. She also said that performer Jason Isbell will require that ticket holders show vaccine cards to be able to enter his show.
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville will also lessen their venue regulations, no longer requiring that patrons show vaccination cards to enter. They will follow similar suit with the Tennessee Theatre and will be allowing performers to set their own stipulations in their contracts.
“We would like to thank Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Nashville Health Department, and countless other partners for continuing to provide insight that enabled us to bring this good news to the community,” said Sean Henry, President and CEO of Bridgestone Arena.
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This appears to be the trend across the state, as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga have similar policies in place.
At the Ryman, however, it appears that a large number of their events will be requiring proof of vaccination, with a few also requiring masks “at the request of the headliner,” according to their website.
Shelby County venues continue to be more restrictive, it seems. The FedEx Forum in Memphis is no longer requiring masks, except for children ages 2-11. However, they are still requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test done within 72 hours of the event.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com