Big events like Prize Fest making adjustments due to latest COVID surge

Prize Fest is making some adjustments for its 10th anniversary festival due to the latest surge...
Prize Fest is making some adjustments for its 10th anniversary festival due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 1:55 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A number of big events in the ArkLaTex are making adjustments due to the most recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

LSU football games, several universities, and now organizers of Prize Fest and the Shreveport Arts Council are making it mandatory for those who want to attend events to show proof of vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test.

Casey Jones with the Shreveport Arts Council says this is a must if you want to see the art exhibits.

“What we’re going to do is there is a check-in table at the front where we’re going to contact trace so we’re going to get your information. You’re going to show us a vaccine card or negative covid test and then you can come in and get a wrist band,” he said.

Jones said this requirement will only be in place for the opening night of the exhibit. He says he is surprised by the responses.

Angela Williams wrote on their Facebook, “Kudos for these rules.”

And Angie Hendrix said, “Was gonna go, but I will not be going. People that have the vaccine can spread it.”

“We are following some of our brothers and sisters at places like Lollapalooza, ACL fest so those guidelines that we’ve come up with are guidelines that other festivals have taken on and not only did they take them on, but they were successful,” Jones said.

Prize festival this year is also following suit. Executive Director Greg Kallenberg explains why they made this decision.

“The ultimate goal, Tayler, is we have a festival that people can enter and maybe they think a little less about the pandemic and they’re able to focus on the glorious work of these filmmakers,” he said.

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