DOVER — Firefly Music Festival attendees do not have many options left if they have yet to receive a negative COVID-19 test before the start of the festival.
The four-day event, hosted at the Woodlands of Dover, begins Thursday and runs until Sunday. It requires proof of vaccination or a negative test result for entry.
The negative COVID-19 test must be administered by an official testing center and be dated no more than 72 hours prior to entry. Testing must be done in advance and off-site in order to meet Firefly’s requirement. Those who show proof of vaccination do not have to present a negative test.
Some fans on Firefly’s official Facebook page Tuesday were worried about getting a test result in time and expressed frustration with the lack of free rapid testing options.
Free rapid test appointments are fully booked at sites throughout the state. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry.
Curative Inc. testing sites have numerous appointments available near Dover today — at Caesar Rodney High School (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Dover’s Modern Maturity Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Smyrna’s State Service Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). An appointment is required at MMC while walk-ins are welcome at Caesar Rodney and the State Service Center. Appointments can be made at delaware.curativeinc.com.
MMC previously offered rapid COVID testing but is no longer doing so due to supply issues.
All Curative sites utilize PCR tests. Results are typically available in 24-48 hours.
Walgreens is also offering PCR testing but does not have any locations in Delaware with rapid antigen testing, which provides results in less than an hour. Walgreens does have one site in Middletown with rapid diagnostic tests, which will have results in less than 24 hours but it is out of appointments.
Results for PCR tests from Walgreens are available in three to five days, according to its website. Testing appointments can be made here.
COVID-19 testing at Walgreens in Magnolia is paused until Sunday. If a test was scheduled at the Magnolia location, the Walgreens in Dover on South State Street will honor the appointment.
The Delaware Division of Public Health also offers free PCR tests at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and results are advertised to take 24-48 hours.
A full list of COVID-19 testing sites in Delaware is available here.
Those who did not receive either their second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson, by Sept. 9 are not considered fully vaccinated and must provide proof of a negative test for entrance to Firefly.
For those presenting proof of vaccination, they must bring either a physical copy of a COVID-19 record card issued by the Centers for Disease Control or a digital copy of such card. The proofs must include the front and back of the card and all details must be legible.
A government-issued photo ID is also necessary and must match the details on the vaccination card.
Daily and weekend tickets to Firefly are still available.
For tickets and health information, visit here.