Fans May Have To Walk Through "Disinfectant Mist" Stations At Future Concerts
As various concert promoters try to figure out the "new normal" and how fans can safely return to concerts, different techniques are being implemented. Some are trying drive-in concerts, while some are avoiding safety procedures altogether. A new report from The Mirror in the UK says that some promoters are looking at big changes to how fans enter a venue.
Besides temperature checks, promoters are looking into setting up stations with "disinfectant mists" so you get showered with disinfectant before entering a venue.
The report indicates that concerts may resume this fall, at 30% capacity, and in addition to being misted, fans will be required to wear masks to limit the spread of the virus.
While venues need about 90% capacity to break even, it seems with social distancing rules, it can barely even achieve a third of that.
Chief executive Craig Hassall at the Royal Albert Hall was quoted as saying "The test case in Seoul – where a Phantom of the Opera production has continued running – has seen audience members walking through a light mist of disinfectant, having their temperature taken, and filling in a questionnaire about their symptoms and recent places they’ve visited," Hassall elaborated.
"If we’re to find a solution, it is going to be a combination of numerous measures, from increased access points to hand sanitizers, Perspex screens and PPE for staff."
"We do believe that 2021 could be busy across all the arenas because many tours are being postponed, but this doesn’t help our situation now where there is absolutely no income to our venues," added Lucy Noble of the National Arena Association. "We are at serious risk."