COVID-19 | Calgary Stampede to require vaccine or test

(Calgary) Calgary Stampede organizers will require proof of vaccination to access the grand opening concert of the famous 10-day rodeo.

Posted on July 6, 2021 at 8:35 p.m.

Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press

“We will be asking the public to provide proof of vaccination or a free rapid test to access Nashville North,” festival vice-president Jim Laurendeau told media on Tuesday. This will only be effective for this concert during the Stampede and will greatly reassure our guests. ”

In addition, the daily capacity of the festival has been halved. Sanitary facilities will be available to the public and the premises will be cleaned more frequently. Staff and volunteers will wear masks and undergo rapid tests.


The wagon races have been canceled and the parade that will start the festival will only take place at ground level and without an audience.

The globally recognized rodeo and fair will be back this year after being canceled last summer due to the pandemic.


Nashville North is one of the festival’s most popular attractions.

The Dr Jia Hu, a doctor who works as an advisor for the Stampede, says he’s convinced the event can be safe.

“We’re at a good place in Calgary and Alberta,” he explained. Our vaccination rates are much higher than I expected six or eight months ago. We will be implementing one of the most robust and innovative security protocols in Alberta. ”

Some added health measures are forward thinking, he added.

“According to my information, this is the first event in Alberta that will require proof of vaccination or a rapid test. ”


Mr. Laurendeau said that ticket sales are going well, but that there will not be several million visitors a day as before the pandemic. Most visitors will likely come from Western Canada, he said.

“We would certainly like to see people from neighboring provinces, but we are aware of the current restrictions. ”

The Calgary Stampede festivities begin on Friday.

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