When will the concerts return after the coronavirus? How are they going to return?
Are masks required for entry? Do ticket holders have to prove that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination in order to be able to attend arena shows, club appearances, music festivals or other concerts?
Because after all, it looks like concerts are on their way back, a bit ahead of some predictions for some recovery. However, this assumes that after 13 months the pandemic continues its slow relaxation of social life with comparatively little live music.
But what will in-person music events look like when places in the US reopen more stores but drop some or all of the COVID-19 safeguards they put in place over the past year? It’s already happening in some places. Can you feel safe on a show?
This is one of the many questions that returning concert goers no doubt have before heading back to a music venue with hundreds or even thousands of people to enjoy a set by one of their favorite performers. Let’s see what we currently know about the return of live music.
When are concerts returning in my state?
Here is the big question, and indeed it will vary from state to state. As infection rates plummeted that year, southern states like Texas and Mississippi quickly opened up again with no restrictions or restrictions on event capacity. With these states also abolishing mask laws, as shown on a New York Times map, the comeback of live music in these places is already good.
California, on the other hand, doesn’t open for concerts until April 15 with limited capacity. A full reopening is scheduled for two months later. California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state’s mask laws will remain in effect even after the state reopens fully. Yes, you could see a live show there with all of your friends, but you’d have to mask yourself inside the venue.
Concert goers longing to return to the club must keep their state reopening guidelines in mind. There is likely a music venue near you ready to hold concerts again or they will be happening very soon. The requirements and precautions depend on the state.
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend a live event?
An Orwellian sense of doom blossomed on many minds as Ticketmaster spoke about the type of vaccination verification system they could set up to keep track of ticket buyers’ COVID-19 vaccination records for the concert recording. Or might proof of a negative test be required?
But while this technology doesn’t seem to have come to fruition, states are – again – taking it into their own hands to get things moving.
CNN recently determined that California’s reopening doesn’t currently have any vaccine requirements. However, according to Billboard, opening limited capacity in New York for April will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend events.
Do I have to wear a mask to go to a concert?
Again, it’s down to the particular venue you’re visiting, if not its location. In areas where mask laws have already ended, many businesses such as grocery stores and gas stations still have mask requirements. Isn’t it about being a good customer, following these guidelines?
The same idea applies in clubs and arenas when concerts come back – it’s up to each participant to make an effort. As anticipated by many and affirmed by PopCrush, indoor face masks and social distancing requirements will be the norm in some music venues, at least initially.
When will my favorite artist go on tour again?
Here’s the tricky thing because even if all of the states were open again and the music venues were ready, you still need artists to play those venues. However, planning a tour takes a lot of time and effort, especially the nationwide walks of prominent artists. How soon until these gigs come back? Billboard predicted that most big bands are unlikely to go on giant tours this year, especially given the capacity constraints in some states. However, anyone can tour states without restrictions. So expect indie bands and other artists who don’t need a lot of lead time to hit the streets soon.
Should I go to a concert if I am not vaccinated?
There are probably other issues at stake here, if this is an idea that gets a lot of resonance, as a great headline from HuffPost once articulated. Many experts have theorized about herd immunity and how the US can get there, but most health experts claim that vaccinations are the best way to end the pandemic. Sure, there are exceptions to everything, but is there a reason not to get vaccinated?
Except for vaccines, the situation is the same as before. The CDC keeps its guidelines up to date on how to protect yourself and others and slow the spread of COVID-19, even a year after the pandemic started. Yes, it is still recommended to avoid crowds and poorly ventilated rooms.
Which concerts are coming up?
Many outdoor festivals are a must for this summer. And when it comes to rock, tons of gems are still posted. Motley Crue’s Stadium Tour is still in the books for June – there hasn’t been a word of further postponement. Shinedown affiliate Smith & Myers have an acoustic tour of six states scheduled for May, and Corey Taylor will storm the Midwest later this spring on his solo CMF tour. In fact, it looks like there will be no shortage of concerts anytime soon for the music fans willing to come out and hopefully patiently and respectfully follow safety protocols at the live events they might attend.
Look to the future
But the most cautious of us may not quite venture into a concert just yet, and that’s fine, too. After the arduous 13 months that have passed since the coronavirus first hit the U.S. coast, everyone will be climbing back to “normal” at their own pace. Even so, the word of the return of live music understandably wows music fans, and there is nothing wrong with going back to rocking.
And venue owners, stagehands, promoters and many other concert workers also earn their passions and livelihoods back. You have been careful: a return of live music this summer corresponds to the forecasts of many companies, such as Live Nation’s Joe Berchtold.
“In the most important Western European markets of the USA,” said Berchtold at the end of 2020, “we continue to expect that we will be back with our big outdoor shows by next summer – our amphitheatres here in the USA, festivals worldwide.” We’ll be able to do these shows. “
It looks like he was right.