KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Thousands of fans screamed and sang along with Garth Brooks at Arrowhead Saturday night.
While many people wore masks to the country music legend’s concert, not everyone did, and with more than 70,000 people in attendance, it was impossible for fans to distance themselves from each other.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, anyone who is not fully vaccinated and lives in Kansas needs to quarantine.
The length of quarantines varies depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19.
“We ask people to use common sense. So, if they’ve been in a setting that would increase their risk for transmission, then they really do need to monitor themselves and get tested but certainly if they show any symptoms,” Charlie Hunt, Deputy Director of Johnson County Health and Environment, said.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends a 14-day quarantine for anyone who is not fully vaccinated and was knowingly exposed to COVID-19 or one of its variants.
There were so many people at the Garth Brooks concert, it is impossible to know if anyone was exposed.
“It’s the unvaccinated that just don’t understand how dangerous this is and how it effects the whole community. I understand their personal freedom and I respect that, but this is spreading to other people, not just staying within their house, it is spreading through their whole community,” Gary Nickerson, Olathe, said.
Because of the risk of exposure, Kansas wants everyone who is not fully vaccinated and who attended the concert to follow the following quarantine schedule:
- 7 Day Quarantine
- Monitor yourself for symptoms daily for 7 days
- If you have no symptoms during this time frame, on Day 6, get a PCR test (antigen and antibody tests are NOT allowed for this purpose).
- If the test is negative, and you remain symptom-free, you can be removed from quarantine after seven full days, which is on Day 8.
- If Testing Results are pending, you must wait until you receive results.
- 10 Day Quarantine
- Monitor yourself for symptoms daily for 10 full days.
- If you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from the quarantine without a test on Day 11.
The KDHE does continue to recommend a 14 day quarantine because health experts say symptoms can still develop up to 14 days after exposure.
“I think it’s fine guidance, but is it enforceable? I think it’s one more thing to get people thinking about doing the right thing,” Dr. Dana Hawkinson, infection prevention medical director at KU Health System, said during an update Monday. “Again we’ve always stated, it’s not just one thing that was going to help stop this.”
The state said it added mass gathering attendance to its quarantine list in August 2020. It was further clarified to allow for attendance at those events where social distancing and mask wearing precautions are taken in September 2020.
The state said enforcement of quarantine is up to local health officials.