With less than half of South Carolina residents now fully vaccinated and no real requirements from our state government, it appears that organizations are now taking the lead in requiring Covid vaccination as part of providing a safe environment. In the past few weeks, the Peace Center and The Warehouse Theatre are now requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test for admission. Large corporations like Nephron Pharmaceuticals (over 2,000 employees) are requiring that all their employees all employees MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Touring bands like Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are actually cancelling gigs if venues fail to require proof of Covid Vaccination.
“I don’t think it’s fair to the audience or to the crews at the venues or to my crew to put people in a situation where they’re possibly risking their lives or taking the virus home to their kids, or they go to school and give it to other kids,” Isbell said in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone. “It just didn’t feel right. I pride myself, and I have always prided myself, on being successful at a job where nobody gets hurt.”
This is not a matter of inconveniencing their employees and patrons. These measure are taken to help insure the safety and health of event attendees and employees.
Today the Albino Skunk Festival took the step in requiring Proof of full vaccination or a Proof of Negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry to the festival. We applaud this decision and hope that it incentivizes more people to get Vaccinated. In the absence of bigger state level requirements for the Vaccine, perhaps a series of smaller initiatives will help boost South Carolina’s lagging Covid vaccination rates.
|SkunkFest 2021 COVID-19 Protocol|
SkunkFest had always been about enjoying top-quality music with family and friends in a relaxed and safe setting. We are very concerned for the safety of our Skunkers (Patrons), volunteers, staff, vendors, and our beloved musicians.With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we are instituting the following requirements, just as many venues and festivals have been doing in recent weeks.
|Attendees ages 12 and above must show ONE of the following at the Gate to enter SkunkFest: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (Single dose or second dose at least 14 days prior to entry, Proof may be presented via a digital photo or physical copy of vaccination card along with proper I.D.) OR Proof of Negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry to the festival. Tests are readily available at pharmacies throughout the community.|
|For your safety, all staff members, volunteers, and vendors will also be subject to these requirements.We have plenty of space for you to practice social distancing and we encourage you to wear a mask when in close proximity with others. We’ll have plenty of handwashing stations throughout the SkunkFarm. It goes without saying, but we’re gonna say it anyway – you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.Also, we plan to have a Free COVID-19 Vaccination Booth operated by SCDHEC on site during the festival.Please understand that we’re doing this so we can ALL safely enjoy our unique SkunkFest experience without endangering any of us. We plan to have many more SkunkFests and want you to be around for all of them!|