Entertainment venue reacts to COVID-19 surge; will proof of vaccination be required?

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – As more businesses require customers and employees to get vaccinated, entertainment venues are faced with a similar decision.

In fact, some performers are insisting on proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for people attending their shows.

Piere’s Entertainment Center in Fort Wayne has hosted many concerts over the years and are currently getting ready for one of their busiest months since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This weekend we have Blues Traveler, Kevin Gates is coming by,” Manager Crystal Grimm said. “Next month we have ‘Jelly Roll’ and that’s going to be an outdoor concert as well.”

The Piere’s management team is also in charge of Bobby McGees Good Time Pub right next door. Just like so many businesses, they’ve had to deal with challenges due to the pandemic.

“A lot of venues in bigger cities are doing different things, so we have a lot of people calling and asking what our guidelines are,” Grimm said.

Piere’s has been remodeled and they hope to have renovations done by the end of the year. Management believes the layout gives customers enough room to spread out. Some of the concerts will happen outside.

Currently, proof of vaccination is not required, but safety precautions are still in place. Management says that could change down the road, but there are currently no plans to do so.

“It’s happening at a lot of other venues,” Grimm said. “So if it does it does, but we’ve just been following the CDC guidelines and what the city is asking of us.”

With a busy month ahead, Grimm wants customers to have fun while staying safe.

“We can all hope that the COVID gets better, but we’re dealing with it ever day as it comes,” Grimm said.

Piere’s has several shows scheduled for September and any changes will be announced on their website.

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