COVID-19 pre-screening tents available day before Foo Fighters concert

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)– When the Foo Fighters take the stage next Wednesday at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview all the concert goers will either be vaccinated or have received a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event.

That’s a rule the Foo Fighters have in place for their shows and now Onondaga County is stepping in to try and help with the pre-screening process.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced Friday the county will offer pre-screening tents the day before the concert at the Orange Lot of the Amphitheater or at the OnCenter from 11am-7pm.

McMahon is urging concert goers to come out to the pre-screening tents on Tuesday to show their proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to try and reduce the wait time for people come Wednesday night.

For those that do decide to come on Tuesday they will be given a special indicator to show they have been pre-screened so they can bypass the checkpoint through a fast pass lane and go straight to security on Wednesday.

The pre-screening tents will also open on Wednesday at 3pm and the gates to the amphitheater will open at 5:30pm.

“We’ve all been here on a busy show right you know you’re going to have some time getting in and you’re gonna have some time getting out. Now this is our first real vax and test show this is about living with COVID and this is something we’re going to be doing a lot we’re doing it at a football game tomorrow, we’re going to be doing this with other events in the community moving forward so please plan appropriately.”

Onondaga County Ryan McMahon said.

McMahon said the concert is expected to draw a large crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people so he’s urging concert goers to have a digital copy of their proof, driver’s license or other identification and their ticket ready to go on their phone once they get to the tent.

The County Executive also reminded attendees of the clear bag policy at the Amp, with bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”, and small clutches are allowed. Lawn chairs must also be taken out of their cases for security checking.

All policies for COVID and security at the Foo Fighters concert on September 15 can be found here.

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