Venues around the world- even with the od performer or two live streaming inside on special occasions- haven’t seen a crowd in months. The National Arena Association, which owns 23 venues in the U.K., is considering a unique approach to ensuring safety: a disinfectant spray at entry. The association chair Lucy Noble thinks that venues need measures like this to increase the capacity of events to a size that is better for profits.
“Even if the two-meter social distancing rule is halved, venues would only be able to operate at 30% of their capacity – which would not be financially viable,” she says. “In order for us to break even, and therefore be sustainable as a charity, we typically need a capacity of around 90%.”
This might be the new normal for all future concerts, clubs, and festivals, if we want to see live music return as a ton of people, are eager to get back to the dance floor, but only if the disinfectant mists prove to be useful.
“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 told Mirror Online. “If we’re to find a solution, it is going to be a combination of numerous measures, from increased access points to hand sanitisers, Perspex screens and PPE for staff.”
We shall soon see if the United States will adopt this method by the end of 2020 or early 2021 as we’re currently seeing promoters starting to do Drive-In Concerts or Car Raves across the nation to help fill the voice of no live music.