How music festivals are progressing despite the Delta variant
Time: Today will be mostly cloudy with a maximum in the mid-80s. The weekend promises to be humid, with showers then a risk of thunderstorms on Saturday and a risk of showers on Sunday.
Parking on the alternative side: In effect until Sept. 6 (Labor Day).
Thousands of New Yorkers will take to the Great Lawn of Central Park on Saturday for the “We Love NYC Homecoming Concert”. The scene is likely to be like a pre-pandemic era: large and crowded audiences, crowd surfing, no social distancing. The concert is the next big show to hit New York City despite the increase in Covid-19 cases.
In an effort to get as many New Yorkers vaccinated as possible, Homecoming Week concerts, including the Central Park Big Show, are only open to those who have been vaccinated and those who have medical exemptions from vaccination.
The vaccination requirements are slightly different from those implemented by other music festivals in the city.
Learn more about how the concert industry handled shows during the Delta Variant era.
What are the guidelines?
To participate in the Great Lawn Show, attendees must have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine if they are 12 years of age or older. Anyone under 12 must wear a mask and be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. As the concert is outside, the mask will not be required for anyone else.
Participants must provide proof of vaccination in the form of a physical vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, New York City Covid Safe app, or State of Excelsior pass. New York. Global Citizen Live, September 25, has the same requirements.
Other festivals have slightly different requirements.
For the Governors’ Ball, scheduled from September 24 to 26, a full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of each day of your participation will be required. The Lights On festival, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in late October, has the same requirements, plus the possibility of a negative antigen test within six hours of the event.
Festivals without precautions
To the frustration of some spectators, a few festivals have not established guidelines on vaccinations and testing.
In the comments section of the Electric Zoo Festivals Instagram page, people who purchased tickets indicated that they had not received any updates as to whether or not the festival would require proof of vaccination or Covid testing. -19 negatives. A few people even sold their tickets because of the lack of communication.
The Rolling Loud Music Festival will visit Citi Field from October 28-30, and until Friday it had not implemented any guidelines. In response to someone who noted the increase in Delta variant cases, the festival’s official Twitter account responded, “Go get the vaccine then.” When another person said they were no longer present because their friends refused to be vaccinated, the count noted, “who said they needed to be vaccinated.” (Friday afternoon Rolling Loud announcement it would require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.)
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What we read
In a move that could further revitalize the art scene in New York, the Apollo Theater reopened with a concert. [New York Daily News]
Police investigate suspicious death of woman who was taken to hospital in a taxi on Wednesday. [ New York Post]
For a second consecutive year, the West Indian Day Parade, which features elaborate costumes, floats and music, has been canceled. [Gothamist]
The State of Vaccine Mandates in the United States
- Vaccination rules. On August 23, the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 years of age and older, paving the way for mandates in the public and private sectors. Such warrants are authorized by law and have been confirmed in court challenges.
- College and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Almost all of them are in states that voted for President Biden.
- Schools. California has become the first state to issue a vaccination warrant for all educators and to announce its intention to add the Covid-19 vaccine as a requirement to attend school, which could begin as early as next fall. Los Angeles already has a vaccination mandate for public school students ages 12 and older that begins Nov. 21. New York City’s mandate for teachers and staff, which went into effect Oct. 4 after delays due to legal challenges, appears to have sparked thousands of minutes of gunfire.
- Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and large healthcare systems require their employees to be vaccinated. Mandates for healthcare workers in California and New York state appear to have forced thousands of holdouts to receive injections.
- New York City. Proof of vaccination is required from workers and customers for indoor meals, gymnasiums, shows and other indoor situations. City education staff and hospital staff also need to be vaccinated.
- At the federal level. September 9 President Biden has announced a vaccination mandate for the vast majority of federal workers. This mandate will apply to employees of the executive, including the White House and all federal agencies and members of the armed forces.
- In tthe private sector. Mr Biden demanded that all businesses with more than 100 employees require weekly vaccination or testing, helping to propel new corporate vaccination policies. Some companies, like United Airlines and Tyson Foods, had mandates in place before Mr. Biden’s announcement.
And finally: Your social weekend
Melissa Guerrero of The Times writes:
While people are still connecting through virtual events and programs, with the summer season here and more people getting vaccinated, sites and organizations are hosting in-person events. Here are some suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend:
In person: “Roots / Anchors” exhibition
At Saturday at noon at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Snug Harbor, Staten Island, celebrate the opening of the “Roots / Anchors” exhibition.
Admission is free on the opening day. For more information, visit the event page.
In person: 29th edition of Jazz at the Mansion
Start the weekend with classical outdoor jazz performances on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Morris-Jumel manor in Manhattan.
RSVP on the event page.
Virtual: Artist interview with Joshua Goode
At Saturday at 6.30 p.m., join artist Joshua Goode for an online talk and Q&A on the process and inspiration behind his statues, “Ancient Rhoman Statue of Winged Figure” and “Ancient Rhoman Votive Statue”.
Register for free on the event page.
It’s Friday, spread your wings.
Metropolitan agenda: press the steps
It was winter in Manhattan. I walked from my day job in a law firm to the door to the stage of a Broadway theater, tap in hand, to join the line of hundreds of women participating in an open call for “42nd Street. “.
I had tried five years ago but had been eliminated in the first few minutes because I was not precise enough in my tap sounds. I had been practicing since.
I managed to get through the first scale and performing two critical tapping steps which were straightforward but still a great measure of a tapper’s ability. I ran to find a phone booth to call the law firm to say I wouldn’t be back that day.
Later, at dusk, I stepped out into soft snow, shaking my head and laughing to myself.
After singing and reading, I had reached the last five women, only to find that there had been a misprint in the announced call. Only women 5 feet 7 inches or more would be considered. I am 5 feet 4 inches tall. The casting director said the costumes were valued at $ 500,000. Talent took second place.
I tasted the snow on my tongue and my smile widened further. I swung my slides as I walked to the subway. I will never forget to stand atop the empty stage, chest high, arms outstretched, and walk towards the rows of empty seats in perfect time with the pianist playing just for me.
– Alexana Ryer
Illustrated by Agnès Lee. Read more about the metropolitan agenda here.
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