One of the biggest hip hop music festivals has announced that it will return in person in July, although bringing back concerts is unsafe and irresponsible.
The Miami Festival Rolling Loud is known for hosting the best hip hop artists like A $ AP Rocky and Travis Scott. But it’s also known to be packaged.
In 2018, around 180,000 people attended the three-day festival. In a pandemic, such a large number causes, in some cases, a fatal increase.
In Miami-Dade County, the number of cases has already increased: about 1,000 new cases per day for a total of nearly 500,000 cases.
Other festivals, like Outside Lands in San Francisco, have been pushed back in preparation for proper security measures. Rolling Loud has not yet released a COVID-19 safety plan, although it was announced in December 2020 that a COVID-19 safety plan would be coming out “soon”.
Thousands of people standing side by side seem like a recipe for a super spreader event, especially when there is no plan.
Even if the venue follows proper security protocols like mask mandates and capacity restrictions, it will be too early to hold large social gatherings.
Social distancing will be difficult to enforce when people dance in compact areas. The masks are removed countless times to eat or drink.
Security and staff will not be able to handle it.
The fans will bring too much energy and excitement to the music festival. The event not only endangers the fans, but also artists and workers.
Bringing rolling loud to the next year is the safest bet.