Mechanics Bank Arena Implements State’s New COVID Guidelines

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – From Monday, September 20 to November 1, the Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center will be implementing new guidelines for entering the site. The guidelines implemented are stricter than they have been in the past.

“You must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event,” said Steve Eckerson, general manager of Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center.

Eckerson stressed that these guidelines emanate from the state and must be followed to keep the arena open.

California COVID Guidelines for Mega Events:

For indoor events with 1,000 or more people, participants must provide proof that they:

  • are fully vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test

After September 20, 2021, participants can no longer self-certify to verify their immunization status or a negative test result.

For outdoor events with 10,000 or more people, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that participants provide evidence that they:

  • are fully vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test

After September 20, 2021, the CDPH recommends that venue and event operators:

“I think it’s very important to create a very safe atmosphere. I think people like to want to feel like they can attend an event and be safe and not have to worry, ”Eckerson said.

So far, Eckerson hasn’t seen a drop in ticket sales and hopes so.

“Sales are good for our shows, and I don’t see anything, I’m hoping people will get vaccinated or get tested and come,” Eckerson said.

Mechanics Bank Arena COVID-19 Procedures:

According to State of California guidelines, all attendees at events inside the Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center from September 20 to November 1, 2021 MUST be verified as fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a result. COVID-19 test negative within 72 hours of the event. Full vaccination takes place two weeks after the final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. “Rapid” home tests will not be accepted.

  • Verification of fully immunized status or negative test result prior to entry is required of all participants.
  • All children under the age of 12 will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.
    • Self-attestation can NOT be used as a verification mode.

Participants can check their immunization status by showing their immunization record, a photo of their immunization record, or documentation from a health care provider prior to entry. A participant’s negative COVID-19 test result can be verified by a printed document from the test provider or lab, email, or text of the test provider or lab result.

Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center

Eckerson also said he understands some parents are worried their kids won’t be able to come to the arena because they can’t get the shot.

“Anyone who cannot get the vaccine must show proof of a negative test to enter the arena,” Eckerson said.

Eckerson said he understood that these new protocols can be confusing and you can go to their site for more details.

They are calling ticket holders to inform them of these changes and stress that event participants will not be allowed into the arena without following these new protocols.


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The arena is also aware that those who attend in-person events are weary of fake vaccination cards and falsified test results, but want to assure the public that they are doing their due diligence.

“We are aware that this is a possibility and we will do everything we can. I think the great thing is we’re going to check for photo ID, ”Eckerson said. “We know what vaccination cards look like and what a negative test from an occupational doctor or doctor looks like. I mean it can’t be something made up.

Eckerson also said that while people are not required to wear masks once they show proof of a negative test or their vaccination card, he encourages them to always put on a mask.

“Our main goal is to provide a safe environment when people go to a large gathering,” Eckerson said.

These guidelines will be in place until November 1, when the state will implement new guidelines or stick to existing ones.

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