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Ottawa’s Popular Music Festival Will Have A Vaccination Requirement This Year

Organizers are planning a vaccine pop-up before the festival!

If you want to party it up at the Escapade Music Festival (EMF) in Ottawa this September, you're going to need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

EMF announced in a statement on Facebook on July 19 that the festival will return this fall from Friday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 5.

"On that note, and in keeping with our ongoing transparency with our EMF Fam, we are confirming that there will be vaccination requirements to attend Escapade 2021," read the statement. "We encourage those who have not been vaccinated yet and wish to attend Escapade 2021 to look at doing so as soon as possible."

EMF is one of the latest organizations to require attendees to be vaccinated, although organizers have not yet clarified if guests will need to be partially or fully vaccinated.

One of the festival's organizers, Olivier Primeau, addressed ticket holders who are upset with the decision on his Instagram story on Monday.

"To the 237 people out of 22 000 complaining about the vaccine for @escapademf ... There is 2000 people that wrote to me wanting to get tickets because it's been Sold Out for a year and a half. Go sell your tickets on FB Market PLZ," the story read.

@olivierprimeaubc | Instagram

EMF will be hosting a pop-up clinic on July 24 with Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa at the Ottawa Baseball Stadium, "[...] for anyone who lives or works or goes to school in Ontario."

EMF cheekily promised that the pop-up would have DJs and giveaways and would be organized "[...]the only way we know how; Escapade style."