ACL Fest attendees complained there were little to no safety checks at the event over the weekend after the festival claimed they stringently enforced Covid-19 protocols.
In a tweet Saturday, stats shared by ACL claimed nearly everyone complied with regulations during its first weekend and that less than 1 percent of fans were turned away.
Way to go ACL Fest fans!! Yesterday, 14% of you came prepared with your negative COVID-19 tests, 86% of you showed your proof of vaccination, and less than 1% of you were turned away for not having your health documents. Be sure to bring your health docs and a mask today! pic.twitter.com/KH03ZDYaVo
— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) October 2, 2021
ACL Fest’s “Health Policy” instructs fans to bring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test in the past 72 hours to gain entry to the event.
The story on the ground was very different, however, as many fans who attended the outdoor music festival reported their required health paperwork was barely given more than a glance.
“These numbers are totally fabricated,” one attendee wrote, adding, “The floodgates were open, and no one was giving any document more than a momentary glance. There is no chance that this is correct.”
These numbers are totally fabricated. The floodgates were open, and no one was giving any document more than a momentary glance. There is no chance that this is correct.
— Marshall White (@mrbricewhite) October 2, 2021
Right? The guy barely glanced at my docs…surely didn’t notate anywhere whether or not it was a vaccine card or test results.
— KrispyK (@krissatron) October 2, 2021
Other ACL Fest concertgoers reported they brought their paperwork and that festival workers never bothered to check it whatsoever.
“Uhhh no one’s documentation was checked when I went in yesterday, where are these statistics coming from?” responded a Twitter user named Emily.
Uhhh no one’s documentation was checked when I went in yesterday, where are these statistics coming from? 😂
— 𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚢 𓆏 (@E_mill11) October 2, 2021
Yall are full of sh*t! Lol. They didn’t check our paperwork AT ALL. They looked at it for 1/2 a second if that and said OK. IT WAS A JOKE!
— Val Almogabar (@AlmogabarV) October 3, 2021
Was really disappointed when I arrived yesterday to see that y’all weren’t actually checking any of this stuff – hopefully it was better today for those who went.
— the GIS Geologist (@ClaredeLuna567) October 3, 2021
Was in line for a long time Friday to get in. Didn’t see anyone check health docs.
— Joshua Becker (@MrJoshBecker) October 2, 2021
Unfortunately nobody checked when I went and that seemed like the norm ..
— @realmermer (@realmermer) October 3, 2021
I had my papers ready to show the guy and he just threw them along side my bag and never checked them. I never saw anyone being checked. Nobody wore masks and nobody was showing paperwork. So glad I was prepared for nothing.
— Pollyanna (@pollywork) October 3, 2021
The phenomenon was observed and reported by Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.
Photos also show there were hardly any masks worn by festival attendees, despite a mask policy in place requiring them “in areas of Zilker Park where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.”
Meanwhile, the city this year inexplicably denied a permit for the organizers of Bat Fest, a yearly Austin street festival that hosts local vendor booths and bands, and is free for the public to attend.
Adler’s press secretary sends an email saying that Mayor Adler wants to push the narrative that Batfest was cancelled because it would tax the emergency response system. Screenshot 2 is the letter the city sent to Batfest. pic.twitter.com/3T10UJy8up
— johnnyk2000 (@johnnyk20001) September 23, 2021
Just as seen with Lollapalooza in Chicago, virtue-signaling Covid safety regulations can be dismissed, or ignored if an event is generating loads of money for its host city.
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