The 2022 Essence Culture Festival clarified its admissions policy on Friday, saying its coronavirus safety measures remain in place after an announcement via social media that a negative COVID test result would be allowed for admission to his events was sent in error.

Essence said proof of a COVID vaccination remained mandatory for admission, a festival spokesperson said. Negative test results will not be accepted for entry, organizers said.

The message about the festival’s admissions policy has been confusing from the start. Auto-generated information provided with Ticketmaster’s electronic receipts for comedian Kevin Hart’s Thursday show indicated proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result was good for admission. But that was not the case.

In the days leading up to the festival, Essence officials and festival posts on the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of its website insisted that only proof of vaccination was acceptable. That policy remained in effect, organizers reiterated on Friday.

This comes as Louisiana is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, 2,237 new cases had been reported. Those who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 57% of cases reported between June 16 and June 22, the Louisiana Department of Health said.

Yet, there are currently no coronavirus restrictions in place in the city of New Orleans.

The festival draws more than 500,000 people to New Orleans each year over the July 4 holiday weekend.