It’s official: Austin City Limits has the license to host the 2021 festival


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Just days before the start of the first weekend of the 2021 Austin City Limits Festival, the The city of Austin has finally issued a permit for the event to take place.

On Tuesday, the city issued a permit for the event on Barton Springs Road through October 10 at Zilker Park.

In 2019, the city did not approve the permit until September 26. But last week, a city spokesperson said it was common for events not to be ready until days before.

This year’s festival will feature new safety precautions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Under this year security measures, festival attendees will be required to show a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending the ACL. Fully vaccinated people are not required to show a negative COVID-19 test and can instead show full proof of vaccination.

Fully vaccinated participants will not need to be tested before entering the festival. Fully vaccinated individuals are defined as those who are 14 days from the second shot of Pfizer and Moderna, or 14 days from their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 also led Waterloo Records, one of Austin’s most beloved record stores, to pull out of the event earlier this week. The company said it was “disappointed” to miss the festival, but hoped to resume signings from performing artists next year.


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