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(Chad Wadsworth for ACL Fest)

Austin Public Health announced that Austin City Limits Festival's COVID-19 Health and Safety plan was approved, though final approval of the event is still up in the air.


APH announced the news via press release on Tuesday morning, saying the event's final approval is subject to "the ability to support the healthcare and safety system."

ACL, festival producer C3 Presents and the City of Austin have approved the following criteria for festival safety:

  • All attendees must show a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours of entering the festival.
  • Fully vaccinated attendees may show proof of vaccination instead of a negative test. Such patrons do not need to be tested to enter the festival.
  • ACL organizers must develop strategies for social distancing and include outdoor "mask zones" where distancing is not possible, including on festival shuttle buses, entrance lines, areas closest to the stages and the on-site merch store. Free masks will be available upon entry.

On ACL's end, organizers are asking patrons compley with "fan health pledge," asking fans don't attend if:

  • You have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You experience symptoms of the virus (a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) within 48 hours of the festival.
  • You traveled internationally or to an area subject to quarantine within two weeks of the festival

Approving the Health and Safety plan is just one step of the special events application process—events became required to submit a plan as of April 2021.

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