Thousands of people are expected to attend this weekend’s Roots N Blues Festival, which begins Friday afternoon at Columbia’s Stephens Lake Park. Gates open today at 4.
Festival organizers say they trust health care professionals and that to gain entry, you’ll need to verify proof of full vaccination against COVID or have a negative COVID test within the past 72 hours.
Roots N Blues’ website also says that masks will be required on shuttle buses to and from the festival, and that there will be hand-sanitizing stations and more than 20 hand-washing stations.
Organizers say they’ve worked hand-in-hand with local health officials to ensure the festival can move ahead safely this year.
Gates open at noon on Saturday and on Sunday. Columbia officials are also reminding listeners that you cannot park in the East Walnut neighborhood this weekend unless you live there. CPD will begin restricting traffic flow and parking around Broadway, Old 63 and East Walnut at 3 this afternoon. Those restrictions continue until Sunday evening, when Roots N Blues ends. Those without neighborhood passes can be ticketed, fined $50 dollars and towed.