Dave Chappelle requires rapid COVID-19 tests for upcoming comedy shows in Connecticut

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Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News
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For Dave Chappelle’s upcoming comedy shows, the audience must bring more than just an appetite for humor.

The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning funnyman is tightening up COVID-19 safety measures for his latest stand-up routine.

His shows at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Conn., are requiring more than the price of a ticket for entry.

All attendees to the shows, scheduled for June 25 and 26, will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test at the door, regardless of whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.

If the test is positive for any attendee and their group member, none will be admitted into the venue and refunds will be issued.

Chappelle, who revealed in January that he tested positive for the virus, performed socially distanced comedy shows in his native Ohio beginning last summer, followed by performances in Texas over the winter.

Each of those events offered rapid tests to all audience members before being seated, however, this is the first time the tests will be mandatory.

Situated on Native American tribal lands, Connecticut’s casinos are not legally bound to follow state COVID guidelines but have aligned with prevailing national and state recommendations such as masks and distancing.