Whenever the day comes that live music makes its return, there’ll be several time-honored traditions that will be missing.
As we reported yesterday, the Event Safety Alliance published a 29-page document outlining recommended guidelines venues follow upon reopening. The guidelines aim to cover venues and event spaces of all sizes with best practices once they open their doors again.
While concerts will be different in the near future, fans hoping to hop in a mosh pit or crowd surf to the front row once venues open back up are in for a disappointment.
“Patrons cannot all stand at the front of the stage like they are accustomed,” the guidelines state. “Moshing and crowd surfing are violations of social distancing per se and must be absolutely prohibited during this pandemic; even hallways and smoking areas where patrons congregate will have to be monitored to enforce health policies.”
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what shows look like that traditionally have moshing and crowd surfing as an integral part of the experience.
The Event Safety Alliance also listed suggestions on how venues can remind general admission patrons the importance of following social distancing.
One suggestion includes indicating proper distance with markings on the floor. “High conspicuity gaff tape on the floor of an indoor space, or spray chalk, survey flags, and cones for outdoor space. Rope barriers and stanchions or bike rack to physically separate patrons,” the guideline indicates.
Additionally, venue staff and performers are encouraged to continually remind patrons the need for social distancing and to keep their space from one another.