The removal of mask mandates & capacity restrictions in Texas is getting ugly | Eventim announces Summer festival season in Germany is a no go | Don’t book your flights to the Tokyo Olympics just yet
The removal of mask mandates & capacity restrictions in Texas is getting ugly
Who could have guessed that the removal of the mask mandate and complete reopening of Texas wouldn’t go smoothly? 🙄
Travis County (which includes the City of Austin) Judge Andy Brown and Mayor Adler have gone up against the Texas Attorney General and Governor Abbott by requiring masks in accordance with CDC guidelines. They were given until 6pm yesterday to back down but Judge Brown & Mayor Adler are standing strong and facing down a lawsuit filed by the state’s AG. Even so, the stance on masks taken by many businesses is in alignment with the Judge & Mayor.
Special shoutout to the event professionals and venue owners out there who aren’t willing to sacrifice the safety of staff and attendees just to make a buck despite the hardships of this past year. There’s no doubt sell-out shows and cramming fans into a packed house is doable but when you consider the risk, it isn’t worth it. A number of venues, more than 30, in Austin have decided to continue to take guidance from the CDC rather than embracing the Governor’s plan.
Dubbed the “Safe in Sound” initiative, the venues are working tirelessly to:
- keep people 6’ apart
- require PPE (i.e. masks)
- encourage hand washing and provide sanitizer
- ensure staff is trained on all safety measures
- enforce daily sanitization of facilities
Eventim announces Summer festival season in Germany is a no go
Unfortunately, event cancellations around the world are still being announced daily and the latest in the list come from Germany. European promoter CTS Eventim has made the difficult decision to cancel 7 festivals scheduled for the summer of 2021. Ranging in dates from June 3 to August 13, the shows take place in cities across Germany, but a slow vaccination rollout countrywide makes it impossible to ensure events of this magnitude remain safe.
Greenfield: June 3
Rock am Ring: June 11
Rock im Park: June 11
Hurricane: June 17
Southside: June 17
Deichbrand: July 15
SonneMondSterne: August 13
CEO of CTS Eventim, Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, expressed his disappointment but stressed the importance of putting health and safety first. He went on to say, "However, it is also clear that this continuing uncertainty is further exacerbating the dramatic financial situation in which the live music industry finds itself. We are working on many levels to ensure that live culture can return to the stage as quickly and safely as possible." We’re with you Herr Schulenberg and we’ll be first in line for tickets when it’s safe!
Don’t book your flights to the Tokyo Olympics just yet
Despite the rising cases in Japan, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will begin on July 23rd. There is currently a discussion underway about allowing foreign spectators to attend the Games with the final announcement expected by March 25th. Regardless of this decision, capacity restrictions will be in place and a final determination on the number of fans allowed to attend will come shortly after the overseas visitors announcement, in April.
According to a report released in December of last year, people visiting for the Games would be exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirements and the Government planned to spend $68 million to develop an app for contact tracing of foreign visitors. Downloading the app would be required for any and all visitors arriving from other countries. Putting aside privacy concerns, many feel the exorbitant amount of money it would require to develop such an app isn’t a valuable use of funding especially considering the current state of emergency the country is facing. Stay tuned.