Rumor Has It
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
I’ve been wondering how events such as the Subdued Stringband Jamboree were going to host events predicated on having large numbers of people gather in our COVID reality—and now we have an answer.
Before we get into Stringband’s 2021 policies and procedures, I feel it important to make it known where I stand on the subject of COVID vaccinations. I am wholeheartedly, emphatically, unapologetically pro-vaccination. I do not believe that the question of whether to get the COVID vaccine is a political issue. Getting poked is nothing more than and nothing less than a personal act undertaken in the name of public health.
Is the COVID vaccine a perfect solution to the complex problems presented by the pandemic? No. Nor is it intended to be. But all things considered, it’s the pretty good solution we need to protect ourselves and each other. I’ve read the studies, I’ve followed the research, I’ve done my best to get good info from credible sources and I feel comfortable with encouraging folks to get vaccinated if they are not already.
Along with the personal pluses and public health protections offered by the COVID vaccines, one of the benefits is that being vaccinated will allow us to attend the events we’ve so badly missed for the past year-plus.
You can harbor whatever feelings you like on the subject of vaccines, but it’s become clear that in order for us to gather in appreciable numbers, vaccinations are a must. It is currently the only way that event organizers and venue owners can keep us safe, and safety has to be their number-one priority for their continued existence and ours.
And so, Stringband has, in its typical low-fuss, straightforward fashion, announced that this year’s Jamboree will be a vaccinated-only event. Limited tickets—they’re topping out at 850 people this year—have gone on sale via their website, and in order to attend the Aug. 12-14 festival at the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds, ticket holders 16 and older must show proof of vaccination—no exceptions. Kids ages 2-15 will need to show evidence of a negative COVID test dated Aug. 10 or after to be admitted. Anyone who buys an adult ticket and does not present proof of COVID vaccination by July 28 will have their tickets refunded.
It’s a no-nonsense, common-sense policy and I suspect Stringband won’t be the only entertainment entity to require proof of vaccination prior to an event—in fact, I know they won’t as there’s a long-awaited, can’t-come-soon-enough show announcement coming our way shortly, and that one will be open only to vaccinated patrons as well. Everyone has their own reasons for getting vaccinated—by the way, it’s free and appointments are easy to come by these days—and I promise no one will blame you if being able to go to shows is yours. Join us.