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Riverbend, other Cincinnati music venues to return to full capacity this summer, mask optional

The first event will be a Jimmy Buffett concert at Riverbend, planned for July 13.
fans dance between the Goo Goo Dolls performance and Train's performance on Wednesday, July 24,...
fans dance between the Goo Goo Dolls performance and Train's performance on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Riverbend.(Albert Cesare/The Enquirer)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 4:05 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (Enquirer) - This summer, some venues in Cincinnati will reopen to shows and events at full capacity with no mask requirement for guests or staff.

This includes Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion, the Taft Theatre and Ballroom and the new Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center, all owned by Cincinnati-based Music and Event Management Inc. (MEMI).

Masks will be a “personal choice” for any venue-goers and staff, said Rosemarie Moehring, director of marketing at MEMI.

The first event will be a Jimmy Buffett concert at Riverbend, planned for July 13.

On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Ohio will lift the state mask mandate and all remaining coronavirus health orders except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities on June 2.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, recommending that fully vaccinated individuals can safely stop wearing masks inside most locations.

The rules will still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters but could ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools.

In addition, the agency will no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds, possibly allowing for bigger capacities at sporting events.

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