* From today’s media availability with the governor…
Q: Lollapalooza is next week. Would you recommend your friends, your family, your teenagers to attend Lolla in the midst of this?
Pritzker: It’s an outdoor festival, as you know, when it’s safer outdoors than it is indoors. And so I know lots of people will attend. I think, again, it’s up to individuals to make a decision about whether they want to be in a large group. And by the way, I would recommend to people that if they’re going to be jammed together, please wear a mask. We encourage you to do that if you’re going to be in large crowds. But if you feel comfortable and you can put a little distance between yourself and other people and if you’re vaccinated, I might add, it’s safer. Just a little distance, and if you’re vaccinated, it’s safe for you to attend something like this.
I intend to go to Lollapalooza. I’m bringing my wife and a few friends to Lollapalooza. So I think it’s okay.
But again, people need to be aware that we are not past this pandemic. It is with us you’re talking about a gamma variant. Just want to be clear, vaccinations keep you safe. But we all need to keep our communities and our friends and neighbors and our family members safe. Wear a mask if you can when you feel like you should.
The governor and his spouse are both vaccinated.
There’s been lots of criticism in the media about allowing the unvaccinated to attend. Those folks are supposed to get tested 72 hours in advance if they have no shots, but that seems like quite a lag time to some. Plus, Lolla always has gate crashers.
Also, as someone who just bought Rolling Stones tickets for the St. Louis show, I won’t be throwing, um, stones on this one.