As the Academy of Country Music prepares for next Wednesday's ACM Honors at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, it announced a change in protocol Thursday (Aug. 19) to better keep attendees safe.
The 14th annual ACM Honors, which recognize ACM Awards winners in non-televised categories, will now require proof of full vaccination (with documentation showing at least two weeks post-second dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of venue entry for all attendees. Additionally, masks will be strongly encouraged, though not required.
The evening prior to the ACM Honors, the academy will host the ACM Party for a Cause at Ascend Amphitheater, marking the event’s first time being hosted in Nashville. The ACM will also require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry to the outdoor venue. Similarly, masks will be strongly encouraged, though not required.