Lollapalooza, a popular musical festival, took place in Chicago this last weekend despite concerns of the Delta variant becoming more relevant and serious. Many on the internet voiced their concerns over the safety of Lollapalooza, despite the festival announcing previously that a negative COVID-19 test would be required upon entering the festival.
About to watch all these influencers in 2 two weeks who went to Lollapalooza act all shocked when they test positive for covid.
After seeing the density of the crowd in the photos…
Music festivals are my life during summers but man it is too soon for shit like that.
— amanda marie, (see above) ✌🏼😜 (@lostmythicality) August 1, 2021
Many were concerned upon hearing that there was a lack of throughout checking of both vaccination records and test results. In a viral video posted on TikTok, a woman ranted about how she was able to get through “four layers of security in five minutes.”
She begs people to wear their masks, as she believes there was definite exposure at the festival. She notes how she overheard a man boasting that he was able to get in even with a positive COVID-19 test.
This is how Lori Lightfoot’s lollapalooza is checking Vaccination cards & our mayor is lying saying 90% are vaccinated. Expect her to shut the city down soon because COVID rates have increased after she allowed 400,000 people to party so she can make the revenue. #Ridiculousness pic.twitter.com/Wcq0xzWYqZ
— Ja'Mal Green (@JaymalGreen) August 1, 2021
In one video captured on Twitter, it shows how they are checking vaccination records. Instead of checking each individual one, the people hold it up and are able to get through. This technique values speed over accuracy, as anyone can hold up a fake vaccination or test and be able to be admitted. One person shows how single day bracelets are sold with fake vaccination records, and claims that it did work.
Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards are 100% a thing at Lollapalooza in Chicago. You can get it with a single-day wristband for $50. I have confirmed that it does work. pic.twitter.com/AKz6gCyGgw
— Vashon Jordan Jr. (@vashon_photo) August 1, 2021
With huge crowds and no masks, this brings up a definite concern of exposure and spreading an already very contagious and easily transmissible infection. With these people traveling back home, this brings up even more concern.
2021 @lollapalooza pic.twitter.com/yJDB8MdREb
— Colin Hinkle (@hinklecolin) July 31, 2021
Many are not sympathizing at all, saying that testing positive for COVID-19 after this festival feels like a no brainer, and that they should have thought it through before going. Other people’s concerns do not fall on the people going to the festival, but the people who might contract the illness after coming in contact with someone who knowingly went to the festival. Similarly, people are concerned for hospitals reaching capacity due to numbers being already high and how this can affect them.
I'm so fucking happy for y'all that went to Lollapalooza / rolling loud / other large numbered gathering.
There are patients in the ICU I work at, positive for COVID & are all struggling right now.
Please think about others at this time. We are seeing an increase in numbers
— lexxi (@lexxipickle) July 31, 2021