COVID-19 surge doesn’t sidetrack Joe Rogan, other central Iowa events

Director Chas Rader-Shieber leads a rehearsal for the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of PlatŽe, on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the Blank Center for the Performing Arts in Indianola.

Despite surging COVID-19 cases and a decision by an eastern Iowa venue to begin requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination, organizers of large central Iowa events this weekend say they have no plans to step up existing precautions.

Adam Flack, the regional marketing director for Spectra, operator of the Iowa Events Center, told the Register via e-mail Wells Fargo Arena will stick with current policies when it hosts comedian Joe Rogan for a show Friday.

Though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now advises even vaccinated people to resume wearing masks when at indoor events in areas where COVID-19 spread is elevated — including most of Iowa — “Our current policy does not require masks, although we do encourage them for those who are not vaccinated,” Flack wrote.

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