Are you ready to attend a live concert yet, after a year of concert cancellations due to COVID?
A number of stories this week have raised the issue of live, indoor concerts. The New York Philharmonic announced that it will perform its first indoor concerts with a live audience since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will take place on April 14 and 15. And on Friday, the state of California announced a loosening of restrictions that will allow indoor concerts as early as April 15, which means that classical music organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many more can start planning such events.
In both cases, the indoor concerts will have limited capacity, allowing far smaller audiences than the venues can hold. Also, audience members are required to produced either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination to attend.
Certainly, this is not signal an immediate return to "the way it used to be." Still, seeing the first live, indoor classical concerts on the near horizon is certainly cause for celebration after the near-complete shutdown of the performing arts in the United States over the last year. It's evidence of progress.
The question is: as things slowly open up, how ready are audience member, to attend such events? What will make people comfortable enough to attend concerts?
I thought it would be a good time for everyone to check in about the matter: are you ready to attend a live concert at this point? What kind of safety measures would make you feel comfortable, attending an in-person concert, particularly if it's indoors? Or are you ready, regardless of safety protocols? If you are not ready to attend a concert, what would make you feel comfortable?
What are your thoughts? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts in the comments.
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