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Concerts 2022 and Ómicron: these are the summer shows and how the Covid-19 variant can affect them

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After more than two years in silence, music and concert fans eagerly welcomed 2022 with an agenda full of shows featuring the best of national and international artists. In Peru, the first three months of the year will let us see artists from the category of Eva Ayllón (January 15) and William Luna (January 30) on stage, as well as gigantic shows such as Una Noche de Salsa 11 (5 February) and the expected arrival of the Puerto Rican singer Raw Alejandro to Peruvian land on March 8.

These high-caliber concerts are also being played in other countries in the region: after two years of waiting, Argentina and Chile will once again celebrate their local versions of Lollapalooza between March 18 and 20, while Colombia will also celebrate music with events. such as the Jamming Festival (March 19-21) and Estéro Picnic (March 25-27), all with a large participation of global stars.

But this musical summer is not without its problems, and the biggest to date is the rapid spread of Omicron, an even more contagious variant of the coronavirus that is becoming more common in the region.

The omron factor

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According to data from the Ministry of Health, until January 2 there were 309 detected cases of this variant. However, Ómicron represented 53% of the new cases presented in Lima and Callao, when only a week before it presented only 7.6% of cases at the national level.

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus was initially reported in South Africa and presents a problem for world governments: Despite being less deadly than the delta variant, it is more contagious, putting more pressure on healthcare systems.

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The appearance of the Omicron variant was joined by the end of the year activities, where thousands of people participated in parties and meetings that did not comply with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, leading to a situation where both specialists and the Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, are already talking about declaring a third wave, circumstances that are repeated in other countries in the region.

What will happen to the concerts?

At this point, it is not yet known what consequences the spread of the Ómicron variant in Peru will have in the concert industry. Trade An attempt was made to contact the Ministry to discuss the matter, but we were told that they were not yet authorized to speak on this matter.

Regarding preventive measures, these are the same as the other variants of the coronavirus, with the researcher from the National Institute of Health (INS) reminding the population through El Peruano that their best shield is “vaccination, washing of hands and social distancing ”. Additionally, for months now it has been mandatory that all those over 18 years of age who wish to access a public space have to present a physical or virtual card proving that they have completed their vaccination process.

Although it is still too early to know how the Omicron will affect the regional entertainment industry, we can get an idea of ​​what the possible consequences will be if we look at other countries where the variant has proliferated.

In the United States, where Omicron became the dominant variant on December 18, 2021 according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak of the disease led to the closure of sporting events. , plays and concerts. Among the shows canceled was the traditional iHeart Radio Y100 Jingle Ball to be held in Miami on December 19, while traditional celebrations such as the New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square.

Further north, the government of the Canadian province of Ontario imposed temporary measures affecting restaurants and closing theaters, cinemas and concert halls as they accelerate their vaccination campaign to tackle the Omicron. The measures will be in effect from January 5 to 26, with the possibility of being extended.

They are not the only ones. Mexico City postponed a year-end concert that was to be held at the Glorieta de la Palma on Paseo de la Reforma – the heart of the city – as a “precautionary measure” against the advance of the Ómicron. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, a location that seemed to have the coronavirus under control, has had to reestablish restrictions on public spaces and cancel events such as the commemoration of the island’s 500th anniversary due to a 4,600% increase in cases in recent weeks afterward. of a series of events, celebrations and concerts.

Closer to our borders, the Argentine province of Córdova ordered the suspension of extraordinary mass events on December 23, due to the high wave of infections of the Ómicron variant in the days before the festivities. This type of event will be reestablished as of January 5, although with restrictions on capacity in closed venues as well as the deployment of special health coverage at large festivals by the government, among other measures.

Not only is the music industry affected and Hollywood is shaking as well, with the advance of the Ómicron already causing the cancellation of important dates of the award season such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the postponement of galas such as the Critics’ Choice Award. Meanwhile, the Marvel movie “Morbius” starring Jared Leto became one of the first blockbusters to be displaced by the coronavirus variant, going from being released in late January to April 1.

These events show that the entertainment industry as a whole has reason to view the advance of the Omicron with apprehension: after two years of chaos and darkness due to an unprecedented global pandemic, the summer of 2022 promised to be the date where things would start to turn around. normal, but now they realize that there are still a lot of clouds on the horizon.

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