CHICAGO (CBS) — Sunday is the last day for Lollapalooza, but it’s only the beginning of Chicago’s concern over the contagious Delta variant.
This Lollapalooza has been unlike any other between the requirements needed to get through the door, including vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test and the mask rule changing about halfway through the festival to include requirements inside the tents.READ MORE: 2 Men Break Into GameStop In Logan Square
This comes as fears of a super spreader event collide with a rise in cases as the Delta variant spreads.
Festivalgoer Emma Green said she will wear a mask as necessary.READ MORE: Dozens Of Signs Coming Down In Wrigleyville Because Of Typo
“With the new Delta variant, you just don’t know like what people might be carrying around, and I’m going to go see my grandma in a couple weeks. I don’t want her to get anything,” Green said.
“Honestly, yeah they did a really good job of making sure we had our vaccine cards ready,” another festival attendee said.
At 10 a.m. Sunday Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, will give an update on COVID-19 in Chicago.MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
So far, more than half the city has been fully vaccinated, but guidance is shifting to include masking up even for those who are fully vaccinated as breakthrough cases start to creep up.