Milwaukee’s Summerfest does not plan to require masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results to enter 2022, officials at parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc. announced. Wednesday.
The country’s largest music festival – canceled for the first time in its 54-year history in 2020 due to the pandemic – provoked mixed reactions to put these demands in place during last year’s September festival.
By doing so last year, Summerfest followed the lead from other festivals, including Lollapalooza in Chicago, which implemented security protocols as cases began to grow again due to the delta variant. Technically, Summerfest officials also demanded that children under the age of 12 wear a mask by 2021, even though this rule was not enforced.
But for this year’s festival – which takes place from 23 to 25 June, 30 June to 2 July and 7 to 9 July – such requirements are not planned.
“MWF will monitor the situation and continue to work closely with health experts while following local guidelines,” festival officials said in a press release on Wednesday, announcing Rod Stewarts Festival’s main performance at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 7th.
The news came the day after California’s Coachella, arguably the country’s most prestigious music festival, and its sister event Stagecoach announced that they would not have any COVID-19 related protocols for their April events.
In addition to Stewart, Summerfest 2022 has revealed three other main names for the amphitheater, which completed a $ 51.3 million renovation last year.
Jason Aldean will headline the opening night where Gabby Barrett opens. Justin Bieber plays the amphitheater on June 24 with openers Jaden, Harry Hudson and ¿Téo ?, a show originally scheduled for 2020, before COVID-19 forced the tour to postpone and Summerfest to cancel. And Halsey, who originally booked Summerfest shows in 2020 and 2021 before canceling their tours, will perform at the Amphitheater on July 2 with the opening of Mary and Abby Roberts.