Popular Sea.Hear.Now Festival requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test

The popular summer Sea.Hear.Now Festival now has some clear-cut rules from organizers for people who want to attend -- either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a negative test result before you can go in.

News 12 Staff

Aug 5, 2021, 9:15 AM

Updated 989 days ago

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The popular summer Sea.Hear.Now Festival now has some clear-cut rules from organizers for people who want to attend -- either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a negative test result before you can go in.
“We went to go see Bruce on Broadway and it was the same in the city, so I think it’s a good thing,” says Colin Chapman, of Asbury Park.
Before getting in the outside event on Sept. 18 or 19, organizers say you’ll need to be vaccinated or test negative.  
“People are close together at concerts, they’re dancing, their spewing, they’re yelling, stuff is spreading,” says Laura Chapman, of Asbury Park.
A statement posted on the festival's Facebook page says, "The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one priority."
Monmouth County is one of two counties in the state with a "high" risk of transmitting COIVD-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last year's festival was canceled, and this year's is sold out. Some big names are scheduled to be at the event, including Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins.
In Sussex County, the organizer of the Crawfish Festival has canceled its event this year. More than 100 band members were expected to arrive from Louisiana -- a place where vaccination rates are lower than New Jersey.


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