Visitors to Cat’s Cradle, a live music venue in Carrboro, are now required to present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter.
This new policy was adopted on August 22nd, ahead of the highly anticipated, sold-out Glass Animals concert last Saturday.
According to the venue’s website, all attendees must present a full vaccination card in order to attend concerts. The last dose must have been given at least 14 days before the event.
Participants must either show their vaccination card or a photo of the vaccination card along with their ID upon admission.
If proof of vaccination cannot be provided, the participant must submit a negative COVID-19 test on the venue’s website, which was carried out by a doctor within the last 72 hours.
Evidence of a negative test can either be printed out or presented digitally, whereby the results according to the website must also be shown together with the participant ID.
Despite the new precautionary measures, it is still mandatory to wear a mask indoors.
UNC student Ally Smith attended the Glass Animals pre-tour concert at Cat’s Cradle last Saturday.
She said the venue had set up a large stage and viewing area in the space just behind the building where those in attendance stood to watch the performance. She said she felt more comfortable when the concert was outside than inside.
“I felt very safe,” said Smith. “It felt great to be outside. I know that the transmission in the open air is lower. “
She said she felt the venue did everything it could to protect concert goers in the circumstances while maintaining the atmosphere and environment reminiscent of pre-pandemic concerts.
“It still felt like a real concert,” said Smith. “I was very impressed.”
Piper Finley, a senior in the state of North Carolina, had attended a Colony House concert at Cat’s Cradle in February 2020, just before the pandemic temporarily closed the venue.
Compared to the other concert halls she had visited, she said the location was much smaller.
“It was very busy,” Finley said, referring to the 2020 concert she was attending. “Everyone was standing close together.”
Finley said she supports Cat’s Cradle’s new COVID-19 guidelines.
“I think it makes a lot of sense,” she said. t really room for social distancing. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding large events and gatherings whenever possible. Visitors to major events are advised to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors.
Key prevention strategies for staff and participants, according to the CDC, include properly worn masks, physical distancing, basic hygiene, tests, and vaccinations.
Next month, Cat’s Cradle plans to put on 20 concerts either outside or in its back room. Another eight concerts will take place at various locations in the region.
Another concert will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m., led by Bayside, a rock band from Queens. Also on the program are the rock bands Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights and The Bombpops.
Two concerts were supposed to take place at the venue this weekend, but none will take place now. A show by the American drummer Carl Palmer and a concert by the experimental music group The Residents have been postponed or canceled.
Editor’s Note: Ally Smith previously worked for The Daily Tar Heel.
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