May 21, 2022

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COVID-19 | Calgary stampede that requires vaccination or testing

COVID-19 |  Calgary stampede that requires vaccination or testing

(Calgary) Calgary stampede operators need proof of vaccine to access the opening concert of the famous 10-day rodeo.

Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press

“We urge people to provide proof of vaccination or a free fast test to access Nashville North,” festival vice president Jim Lorendio told the media on Tuesday. It is only effective for this concert during stampede and gives great reassurance to our guests. ”

In addition, the daily capacity of the festival was halved. Health facilities are available to the public and the premises are cleaned more frequently. Staff and volunteers wear masks and perform rapid tests.

Photo by Jeff MCINTOSH, Canadian Press

Wagon races are canceled and the parade that starts the festival takes place only at ground level and without spectators.

The world-famous Rodeo and Fair will return this year after being scrapped last summer due to the epidemic.

Photo by Jeff MCINTOSH, Canadian Press

Nashville North is one of the festival’s most famous attractions.

The dr Dr Jia Hu, who works as a stampede consultant, said he believes the incident could be safe.

“We are in a good location in Calgary and Alberta,” he explained. Our vaccination rates are much higher than I thought six or eight months ago. We implement one of the strongest and most innovative security protocols in Alberta. ”

He said some additional health measures are being considered ahead.

“According to my information, this is the first case in Alberta that requires proof of vaccination or rapid testing. ”

Photo by Jeff MCINTOSH, Canadian Press

Mr Laurendiu said ticket sales were going well, but there would not be as many as several million visitors a day before the epidemic. He said most visitors are likely to come from western Canada.

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“We definitely want to see people coming in from neighboring states, but we know about the current limitations.”

The Calgary Stampede festivities begin Friday.