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Special event permits require Covid mitigation efforts

Monday, August 30, 2021 by Tai Moses

Starting today, the Austin Center for Events will require an “enhanced version” of the Health and Safety Form from organizers applying for special event permits. The form “presents organizers with several Covid-19 mitigation efforts to consider and allows for applicants to provide information on how they intend to implement them.” The enhanced safety measures include “mask zones” in outdoor event areas where social distancing is not possible; strategies for maintaining 6 feet of social distancing; and screening at entrances to require attendees to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours. Beth Culver, assistant director of the Development Services Department, explained, “It goes without saying that we all recognize what incredibly challenging times we are in these days. Like many in our community, we are eager to plan and prepare for events. The challenge is that we are in an ever-evolving situation. The Austin Center for Events and Austin Public Health teams are committed to working with event organizers to provide as much information as available to help inform event planning efforts to keep our community safe.”

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