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Concerns about why a super-spreader event like Astroworld was allowed to happen in the middle of a pandemic remains.


There has been a concern as to why the Astroworld Music Festival with over 50,000 attendees was allowed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fans attend the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Texas.Omar Vega / Gallo Images

The community of Austin, Texas, has been questioning the reason behind hosting an event like the Astroworld Music concert and why it was allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event not only ended up being a super-spreader, but it also resulted in the deaths of 10 people and at least 300 more injured.

This comes after Texas reported one of the worst Covid-19 infections during the Delta variant wave, which saw thousands and thousands of people die.

This summer, Texas experienced one of the deadliest Delta variant infections, probably deadlier than Florida, which saw the Covid-19 death toll rise to almost 70 000.

The state of Texas is only 264 Covid-10 deaths away from exceeding a devastating record number of fatalities that California has, according to WorldoMeter.

Governor Greg Abbott faced a vast amount of criticism for doing the bare minimum in fighting the novel coronavirus and mitigating the spread.

Now, the same residents of Texas want to know why Governor Abbott allowed an event to have 50,000 people in attendance as per report from The New York Times.

News Flash: Astroworld Music Concert had a Covid-19 policy

Astroworld Music Festival had a Covid-19 policy ahead of the event, explaining what health protocols they have in place to allow it to take place.

On the event website, they stipulated what their policy was, how it will be rolled out and even mentioned that the safety of fans is their top priority.

The event organizers even highlighted that they are in regular communication with local health and public safety officials and plan on abiding by the state laws to a "safe and enjoyable festival".

Here are some of the key points that they listed:

  • A printed copy of a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of a full vaccination was the main requirement to attend the event.
  • Proof of the negative Covid-19 test was required for all patrons over the age of 2. YES, the minimum age requirement for the event was two-years-old.
  • Patrons who are fully vaccinated needed to show proof of full covid-19 vaccination instead of proof of negative test.
  • If you happened to test positive the 14-days prior to the event, you were told not to attend.
  • The same rule of attendance mentioned if you were exposed to someone that tested positive within 48-hours prior to the event to stay put.
  • If one happened to experience any of the Covid-19 symptoms listed on the CDC website, they were advised not to attend.
  • One final key requirement was that attendees must not have traveled to any of the red-listed countries by the federal government.

The organizers also mentioned on the same website that it was important for fans to note that a Covid-19 vaccination is not required to attend the Astroworld Music Festival.

Due to the casualties that resulted from this event, it is quite clear that the "safety" part and "keeping everyone safe" addition to the policy was not followed.

A large majority of these rules were not only broken by the fans, but the security of the event also failed to maintain crowd control at this event.

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