As Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado nears its 80th anniversary, the team behind the venue’s events has exciting news about its Spring and Summer season this year. Denver Arts and Venues have formally requested their department of health to reopen at a max capacity of 2,500, or about a quarter of their normal size. Their official Twitter account details the steps they’re taking to make that a reality: 

Spokesman Brian Kitts reveals to CBS Denver:

You know you’ll still be able to see a show and you’ll be in the venue, but it’s not going to feel that same way as it has in the past.

Seeing as the venue is outside, the risk of viral transmission is low with the right measures in place. This first request is only the beginning; if things go well, they hope to expand capacity to 60% by May and 80% by the end of the Summer. April 23rd sees 3lau and Galantis hosting a show at the venue. Rezz, Zeds Dead, and Alison Wonderland are all scheduled to play further down the line. Keep an eye on the Red Rocks official website for more upcoming dates. 

“We are doing so much better than we were even a couple of months ago,” noted Dr. Michelle Barron, an infectious disease specialist with UCHealth in Aurora, who then cautioned about ups and downs with COVID, which we have already seen.

“I think that it’s incredibly overly optimistic to think that we are beyond where we can basically no longer worry about COVID being part of our lives.”

But she noted, it’s reasonable to plan for greater re-opening.

“I think you have to plan for that and have to sort of have that assumption (that) we’re going to be there, because you can’t just do it overnight. Hopefully, if it doesn’t pan out then they’ll delay, but they’ll at least have the planning in place.”


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