More than 200 Covid Cases Connected to WA’s Watershed Festival
The number of Covid-19 cases is on the rise and linked to the largest music festival in Washington. Health officials have identified the Watershed Music Festival as the source of the outbreak. The cases are all under investigation. If you attended any of the concerts, you're advised to self-quarantine and get a Covid test. No vaccine or test was required to attend the music festival at the Gorge.
The three-day country music event took place July 30th through August 1st at the Gorge Amphitheater in Grant County.
There were more than 25-thousand fans who packed the grounds since the pandemic canceled the event last year.
Organizers of Watershed issued a statement last Friday that stated:
Watershed festival worked to ensure all recommended guidelines from local officials were followed. We are encouraging everyone who attended to engage in regular testing for COVID-19 so we can all do our best to protect one another. Watershed Music and Camping festival also encourages anyone who is eligible aged 12 years and older, to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able.
Live Nation, the organization that runs the festival has mandated that proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for entry to ANY Live Nation-owned and operated venue or festival. This is mandatory for all artists, crew, and concert attendees. The enforcement begins at events on October 4th. The company has also mandated that all employees be vaccinated.