Ottawa's Escapade Music Festival Holds Its Own Vaccine Popup Clinic

The event is asking attendees to be fully vaccinated
Ottawa's Escapade Music Festival Holds Its Own Vaccine Popup Clinic
Ottawa's Escapade Music Festival is returning this September, and it will be asking that attendees be vaccinated. To help make this possible, the organizers of the electronic music festival threw their very own popup vaccine clinic over the weekend in Ottawa.

The popup, which was held in partnership with Ottawa's public health department, took place at the city's RCGT Park baseball stadium. The atmosphere was apparently a bit like a music festival itself, since there was a DJ, free merch, and prizes like VIP upgrades and free festival tickets.

"In order to be the safest event for 2021, we thought this would be the best way to go," festival director Ali Shafaee told the CBC, "to allow people to attend if they were vaccinated."

Escapade Music Festival doesn't actually require attendees be vaccinated. The festival's website states, "If you are not able to receive a vaccine for medical reasons, you will need to provide a negative COVID test result within 24 hours of the start of the event to enter the 2021 festival."

Attendees who are fully vaccinated with two doses will be able to attend with no further steps required. The festival will also follow public health guidelines regarding capacity and distancing.

EMF suns September 3 to 5 in Ottawa. The lineup hasn't been announced yet.