Three-Day 'Life Is Beautiful' Vegas Concert Requiring Proof of Vaccine, Negative Test

The "Life Is Beautiful" Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas will be requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to take part in the concerts and activities.

Event organizers announced the new mandates on Wednesday as rising cases of the coronavirus in Nevada have continued to push case and death counts, according to a recent White House report.

Our most important duty as festival hosts is to keep you and your music-loving peers safe every festival weekend. While we are eagerly awaiting a glorious return to LIVE music, we are putting extra measures in place for the 2021 festival to keep attendees safe from COVID-19.

— Life is Beautiful (@lifeisbeautiful) August 11, 2021

The festival, which is set to take place on September 17 and run through September 19, will feature artists like Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, A$AP Rocky, Green Day, Tame Impala and others.

Attendees will need to have their final vaccine dose 14 days before their entry into the festival, and if unvaccinated, they must have a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of the event.

The festival's website released a statement sharing the new policy and their reasoning for the requirements. "The health and safety of our guests remains our number one priority, and we are committed to creating a safe festival environment for festival attendees, staff, and artists," organizers wrote.

"Our single most important duty as festival hosts is to keep you and your music-loving peers safe festival weekend," they added. "While we are eagerly awaiting a glorious return to LIVE music September 17th-19th, we are putting extra measures in place for the 2021 festival to protect attendees from the spread COVID-19."

"Additionally," it continued, "in accordance with current state and local mandates, masks will be required in all indoor festival spaces. Unvaccinated guests are required to wear a mask at all times while inside the festival grounds."

Besides masks and vaccines, the festival will be implementing touchless wristbands, cashless transactions, and hand sanitizing stations.

Nevada was labeled "an area of concern" in the recent White House report, and data released on Tuesday showed 40 deaths in the previous day alone. KLAS-TV, a Las Vegas news station, reported that it was the most deaths in one day since February.

On Friday, the state reported a "grim milestone" after surpassing 6,000 total COVID-19-related deaths.

Eleven of the state's 17 counties are now marked as substantial or high transmission areas, causing the Nevada Health Response to remind residents last week to wear masks in public indoor settings, even if fully vaccinated.

Hospitalization rates continue to increase as well, as the number from the Tuesday report showed 1,279 confirmed and suspected cases admitted. 269 of those patients were in ICUs, and 181 were on ventilators.

"Unvaccinated COVID-19 patients continue to fill southern Nevada hospitals contributing to hospital overcrowding and staffing shortages," according to the most recent report from the Nevada Hospital Association.

"It is beyond frustrating," said Aimee Eaton, a respiratory therapist in Las Vegas told the Associated Press. "You start running short-staffed. I know our respiratory therapists have been short. We have nurses working mandatory overtime as well. It is like you don't get a break at all—ever."

A Southern Nevada Health District spokesperson told Newsweek, "People who attend large gatherings are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, especially if they are unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated. Vaccine and testing requirements for attendance to special events may serve as an incentive for more people to get vaccinated, as well as identify people who are sick and may not have sought testing otherwise, so they can begin to self-isolate.

The spokesperson added, "Event organizers are taking steps to ensure people are vaccinated and/or tested [and] are helping to ensure the events they host are safer, and we welcome these efforts."

2019 Life Is Beautiful Festival – Fremont
The "Life Is Beautiful" festival in Las Vegas will be requiring proof of vaccination or negative coronavirus tests for all attendees this year. Above, Phantoms perform during the 2019 festival. FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival