How the AMAs and Other Award Shows Keep Running While Thousands of Americans Die Daily From COVID-19

by Jeremy Spirogis
Maluma and Jennifer Lopez

Yesterday, households across the nation continued to strive to determine a option to safely have their Thanksgiving dinners with out turning their houses into hotspots for coronavirus (COVID-19). Yesterday was additionally the American Music Awards and whereas many Americans are nonetheless afraid to go away their houses, musicians danced on levels and walked the crimson carpet virtually as if nothing was occurring.

Maluma and Jennifer Lopez
Maluma and Jennifer Lopez | Kevin Mazur/AMA2020/Getty Images for dcp

Coronavirus within the U.S.

America has did not include the virus because the pandemic started in March. Over the previous few months, the variety of circumstances and deaths has been rising at an alarming charge, however nonetheless many states refuse to impose the type of shutdowns that Dr. Fauci and different consultants have deemed essential to get the virus below management. But but, sports activities are nonetheless being performed and award exhibits are nonetheless being held. For some, the stark distinction between what the CDC is recommending regular folks do and what celebrities and athletes are allowed to do feels too huge, whereas others view the award exhibits as a welcome break from the doom and gloom of the information or the truth of what’s going on in America.

What did the AMAs do to curb the unfold of COVID-19?

The AMAs have been below nice scrutiny because the present occurred simply three days after L.A.County reported it’s highest 24-hour rely of COVID-19 circumstances at 5,000 in a single day. But earlier than the occasion was authorized, the organizers needed to put a number of security precautions in place.

“We have rigorous Covid-19 safety guidelines and protocols in place — approved by the unions and with guidance from L.A. County Department of Public Health — that are beyond what is required,” a spokesperson for Dick Clark Productions informed Rolling Stone.

These precautions included a number of testing.

“Anyone entering the AMAs footprint is tested in advance, and testing continues with frequency throughout the wrap of production,” the spokesperson stated. “Everyone inside our footprint, with the exception of artists on stage who are singing or speaking, will be wearing facial coverings and maintain social distancing at all times. When artists are not on stage singing, presenting, or accepting an award, they will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, we disinfect our set every evening and in between performances during pre-production, rehearsals and in the live show.”

Even although at instances, it could have appeared like there have been lots of people on stage throughout sure performances, there have been nonetheless protocols in place for a way many individuals have been allowed to be on stage and in contrast to another award exhibits, all the dancers needed to be masked.

In order to additional reduce the danger of COVID unfold, completely different crews put collectively every stage and have been required to socially distance and put on masks the complete time they have been within the venue, based on the outlet.

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Other award exhibits

Several award exhibits have occurred in the course of the pandemic and the variety of precautions taken by every present has diversified. For instance, The Latin Grammys in Miami didn’t require all dancers to put on masks. But maybe the largest award blunder in the course of the pandemic was the Country Music Awards. Before the present, the organizers stated precautions can be taken, nevertheless, in the course of the present followers seen that the tables appeared to be nearer than promised and a number of artists have been seated on the identical tables.

While CMA launched an announcement saying that they have been following all the rules mandatory, photos from the occasion confirmed a few of the attendees speaking to 1 one other with out masks and visiting different attendees at their tables.

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