by Charlie de March | WBBM via CNN
CHICAGO, Illinois — Fans hold onto tickets for Lollapalooza as they go on sale — but on Tuesday night, 48 hours away from the opening ceremony — some have opted not to go.
Some fans have even sold their tickets on eBay to the highest bidder. And as CBS 2’s Charli De Mar pointed out, concerns over the coronavirus, and the Delta version in particular, may be to blame.
Lollapalooza was silenced last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the four-day music festival, which draws crowds of around 100,000 people every day, will go on this year – the setup is well underway.
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“When the lineup came out during school, I literally screamed in the hallway, I was so excited,” she said. “I was like, no way! Like, these are some of my favorite artists.”
But Woods recently sold his ticket. She won’t be going to Lola this year.
“I actually sold my ticket for health reasons,” she said. “I’m also type 1 diabetic, and I don’t want to get sick — especially because I leave for school in about two weeks, and I don’t want to make my family sick either.”
The 18-year-old has been vaccinated. But despite safeguards like proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter within 72 hours of the festival, Woods said it’s not worth the risk.
“I don’t want to get sick before I go to school. I’m very looking forward to going to college this fall,” she said. And I want to make my health a priority.”
Online, a lot of tickets are being sold – not all because of COVID. But it’s a factor that has caused some rethinking at the party at Grant Park – at least one poster on a Chicago Reddit page also reported selling his ticket because of concerns about the pandemic.
“I’d rather be safe than sorry in the long run,” Woods said.
If you’re planning on visiting Lollapalooza, you’re being asked to print out your negative COVID test or proof of vaccination – don’t count on just showing it on your phone.
This is in part to avoid any chokepoints or crowds when entering Lola.
If you test positive for COVID-19 before Lollapalooza, you are eligible for a refund.