It’s official: Austin City Limits has permit to hold 2021 festival

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FILE — ACL Austin City limits fest 2018

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just days before the first weekend of the 2021 Austin City Limits Festival is set to begin, the City of Austin has finally issued a permit for the event to be held.

On Tuesday, the city issued a permit for the event on Barton Springs Road through Oct. 10 at Zilker Park.

Back in 2019, the city didn’t approve the permit until Sept. 26. But last week, a city spokesperson said it’s common for events not to be ready until days before.

This year’s festival will feature new safety precautions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Under this year’s safety measures, festival attendees will be required to show a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending ACL. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are not required to show a negative COVID-19 test, and may instead show proof of full vaccination.

Fully vaccinated attendees will not require testing prior to entering the festival. Fully vaccinated individuals are defined as those who are 14 days out from the second shot of Pfizer and Moderna, or 14 days since their one-shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Concerns about COVID-19 spread also resulted in Waterloo Records, one of Austin’s most beloved record stores, pulling out of the event earlier this week. The company said it was “bummed” about missing the festival but that it hoped to resume performing artists signings next year.

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