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ACL Festival still awaiting special events permit from the city

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world attended ACL 2019. (Charles Reagan Hackleman)

As Austin City Limits wristbands get ready to ship out, Austin city officials confirmed that they have yet to approve the October festival for its special event permit on Wednesday.

KXAN reports that ACL may need to change its COVID-19 safety guidelines in order for the show to go on—the city updated its requirements in late August for event permits on city property, saying large events must acquire a negative test from all attendees, regardless of vaccination.

The festival's website still states that fully vaccinated attendees "may show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination instead of proof of negative test."

Earlier this week, the city denied the permit for the 40th annual Pecan Street Festival, which was scheduled for Sept. 18-19. This is the fourth time the Pecan Street Festival was canceled.

Amid artist Stevie Nicks dropping out of the festival due to COVID concerns, there have been calls to cancel the festival again with #cancelACL. Though COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiked this summer, the seven-day moving average for cases has been on a steady decline since late August.

The city only has authority over events on city-owned land, like ACL at Zilker Park, which is why other large events are unaffected by the permit restrictions.


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