Hollywood Bowl prefer vaccinated music buffs


Hollywood Bowl to designate majority of seats to the vaccinated Image: Rob Gauthier

With the United States slowly coming back to normalcy after a bad coronavirus attack, the Hollywood Bowl has decided to reopen for live performances in July with a number of safety precautions in place that favor vaccinated concertgoers over the non-vaccinated ones.

The ‘IQ Magazine’ stated that as per the venue’s website, the LA amphitheater will reopen at 65 percent of its 17,500 capacity and the “majority of all concert seats will be designated to fully vaccinated patrons”.

The 17,500-capacity Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California (US). It was named one of the 10 best live music venues in America by the ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine in 2018.

Fully vaccinated attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and photo ID once they reach the ingress point. Inside the venue, these attendees will be permitted to sit in the ‘vaccinated seating sections’ which will not be socially distanced.

The ‘IQ Magazine’ further stated that US citizens are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after their first shot of (Johnson & Johnson).

Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout program began in the US on December 14th, more than 124 million people or 37.5 percent of the total population have been fully vaccinated.

The Hollywood Bowl has stipulated that concertgoers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result (which cannot be more than 72 hours old) and a photo ID upon entry.

Attendees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to sit in a socially distanced seating area away from the other sections.

These patrons will be required to sit in one of two seating sections, which are socially distanced and separate from vaccination-required sections.

US officials have dismissed the idea of a “vaccine passport” to prove a person’s jab history – saying it represents a violation of privacy – but some venues, concerts and other large gatherings have asked attendees for proof.

Vaccine passports have already taken off in Israel, where anyone who wants to attend a concert must be doubly vaccinated.

Concerts, gyms, swimming pools, theaters, and hotels are only available to residents who hold a Green Pass – a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health showing they had received both doses of the jab more than a week prior to the event or that they had recovered from COVID-19 and were presumed immune.

The ethical implications of implementing vaccine passports have been hotly debated around the globe. A number of experts hailing from Tel Aviv to London debated the topics of test certificates and vaccine passports.

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