Georgia is on its way to bringing concerts back again. Governor Brian Kemp has signed an executive order that will lift most coronavirus restrictions. This includes the official reopening of all its concert venues.
Although the order will now allow venues to reopen as of July 1st, social distancing guidelines will remain implemented to maintain the health and safety of guests and customers. However, there has been an extreme backlash towards the order as COVID-19 cases continue to rise dramatically.
According to the executive order:
“Effective July 1, a “live performance venue” may reopen for business if it complies with specific criteria based on whether it is designated Tier I, II, or III. There are certain exceptions in the order for drive-in performances; private recording sessions, livestream performances, practices, fanless events, and rehearsals; and non-ticketed or free events. “Live Performance Venue” means “any indoor or outdoor location that requires patrons to purchase a license to attend an event featuring live musical, dramatical, automotive, educational, or any other type of entertainment performed before in-person patrons.” The term does not include restaurants and dining rooms, banquet facilities, private event facilities, private reception venues, weddings, drive-in venues, or events held as part of a convention, and the term does not include outdoor recreational fields used for amateur sporting events.”
While many concert-goers are eager for the return of concerts, safety precautions should still be followed. There are dangers to being part of large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, concert-goers should still follow social distancing guidelines when attending events.
For more information on the executive order, you can read more on the WSB-TV Atlanta website.