Harvester Performance Center to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for entry


ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — Starting on Oct. 1, a concert venue in Rocky Mount will be ramping up COVID-19 precautions and introducing new rules for entry in order to protect patrons, staff, volunteers, and artists.

The Harvester Performance Center announced on Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 7 that the venue will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter any events beginning next month.

According to the performance center, people going to concerts or other events will need to show a paper or digital vaccination record proving they receive their last vaccination at least two weeks before the event.

The venue will also accept a negative coronavirus test taken up to 48 hours before the event, but that test result has to come from a lab, not an at-home test. Children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination also need to show proof of a negative lab test taken within two days of the event.

In addition, the Harvester is still implementing its universal masking policy — which was issued on Aug. 5 — that requires everyone who enters the building to wear a cloth or disposable mask unless they are eating, drinking, or performing. However, neck gaiters, bandanas, coverings with vents, or other non-mask coverings will not be accepted.

If you cannot attend any event at the Harvester Performance Center due to coronavirus-related issues or concerns, you may request a full refund for the cost of your ticket by contacting the box office at 540-484-8277 by 5 p.m. on Oct. 7.

For more information about COVID-19 protocols or other questions about the Harvester, click here.

This is the first concert venue in southwest Virginia to announce such a mandate. However, some entertainment companies and venues in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas have implemented similar virus requirements.

Meanwhile, some musicians — such as country artist Jason Isbell — are asking events to require proof of vaccination in the cities where they perform.

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