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#CancelACL? Local group petitions festival to shut down for the second year in a row

450,000 people attended ACL 2019. (Charles Reagan Hackleman/ACL Fest)

As the city's COVID-19 situation continues to worsen and area ICUs are at critical levels, Austin City Limits Festival fans have been clutching their wristbands tightly in fear of another cancellation. However, some locals want the festival shut down to avoid a super spreader scenario.

A group called Cancel ACL Fest is using to collect signatures from others hoping to shut the world-renowned festival down taking place over two weekends between Oct. 1-10 in Zilker Park.

The petition states that holding the festival is no longer safe due to Gov. Greg Abbott's stance against vaccine passports and mask mandates. So far, only 217 have signed the petition over the course of two weeks.

"ACL has no plans to even discuss canceling," the petition reads. "Many people without vaccines will be able to attend, many people will become ill. We must ACT NOW!"

ACL organizers have yet to comment on the petition or announce any COVID precautions to be taken for the festival, though they replaced Stevie Nicks, who left the lineup over COVID-19 concerns, with Duran Duran on Wednesday morning. ACL Radio also announced on Monday that the Aug. 10 and 11 showings of Blues on the Green would be postponed.

ACL's website acknowledges the risk of contracting COVID-19 and there is an "inherent risk of exposure" that attendees accept.

ACL acknowledges COVID-19 risks on its website.

Fellow music festival Lollapalooza, which is also run by ACL parent-company C3 Presents, required either a negative test or proof of vaccination before entering the festival two weeks ago. ACL has not announced if it will do the same.


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