The coronavirus crisis is messing with our lives in ways we still don’t realize. What we do know is that this crisis will change all kinds of routines behaviors–at least in the short term.
Way, way, way back in the day–January 2020–moshing and crowdsurfing at some gigs are de rigueur. But now that COVID-19 is all over the place, who’s going want to mix it up in a pit next to a bunch of sweaty and potentially infected strangers? It’s the exact opposite of social distancing.
The Event Safety Alliance, an organization that promotes safety at public events, has just laid out some new guidelines for concerts when they finally return. I quote from the 29-page report:
“A few obvious changes will be necessary whenever GA [general admission] events do reopen. Patrons cannot all stand at the front of the stage like they are accustomed; 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.”
Another reminder of the new normal.