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Harry Styles to require vaccine or test for shows, including Tampa

His sold-out show at Amalie Arena on Oct. 10 will require face masks, as well as coronavirus vaccine proof or negative test results.
Harry Styles will bring his tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 10. Promoters announced on Wednesday that his upcoming Love On Tour show will not only require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test result at all his upcoming shows, and he is also implementing a mask mandate each night.
Harry Styles will bring his tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 10. Promoters announced on Wednesday that his upcoming Love On Tour show will not only require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test result at all his upcoming shows, and he is also implementing a mask mandate each night. [ Sony Music ]
Published Aug. 26
Updated Aug. 26

Harry Styles announced on Wednesday that his upcoming Love On Tour show, which includes a sold-out performance in Tampa on Oct. 10, will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results and that the audience will be required to be masked.

Live Nation said it’s the best way to protect crews and fans and that there will be no exceptions.

The One Direction heartthrob-turned-solo superstar had postponed his August 2020 show in Tampa because of the pandemic. The new tour kicks off in Las Vegas in September.

Ticket holders and children under 12 may attend the concert if they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the show, the news release said.

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Officials at Amalie Arena confirmed they would be enforcing this policy at the Styles show.

Live Nation recently announced a nationwide policy that anyone attending or working at its events will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test starting Oct. 4. Other artists, concert promoters and Broadway producers have followed suit.

A patron shows proof of vaccination at the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in New York's Central Park on Aug. 21, 2021. Artists and concert promoters are increasingly demanding proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test results for show entry.
A patron shows proof of vaccination at the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in New York's Central Park on Aug. 21, 2021. Artists and concert promoters are increasingly demanding proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test results for show entry. [ JEENAH MOON | AP ]

Ticket holders for the Oct. 7 Dead & Company show at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre will need vaccination proof before entry or a negative test within 72 hours of the show.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office has said these policies do not defy the governor’s executive order. Event promoters are allowed to require a negative COVID-19 test for entry, a spokesperson for the governor said, so they can refuse someone entry on that basis — just not on the basis of their vaccination status.