The pandemic is still far from over and the Delta variant is causing concern all over the world, but there’s some good news anyway. For example, this weekend the Lollapalooza returned to Chicago, where it celebrated its 30 years with the outdoor presence of more than 400 thousand people for four days.
On the traditional Grant Park stage, artists such as Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler The Creator, Miley Cyrus, Marshmello, Illenium, Journey, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch, among more than 170 bands and soloists.
Many of the musicians expressed their emotion at the reunion with the live audience after more than a year in which the tours and face-to-face concerts had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
Chicago: the return of the pandemic Lollapalooza.
The excitement of the musicians
“All of us we are strong enough to face anything that it is presented to us in life and everything is easier if we do it together with the people we love, “said Miley Cyrus at the end of the first day.
And he added: “In quarantine we were alone and we got over it. Today there is a light at the end of the tunnel and Lollapalooza is that light for all of us. Now we are here together, we made it, we made it possible. “
Post Malone described last Saturday night as the best of his life. Photo Rob Grabowski / Invision / AP
An euphoric Post Malone also took the opportunity to reflect on the improvement in the health situation: “I just want to tell each of you that I love you. This is probably The best night of my life. I am happy to have come out on stage and sing these songs for you again. I love you so much people! I am the luckiest man in the world! Let’s celebrate life! “
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl also expressed his excitement, making a reference to the festival’s creator: “It is a revolution. If it weren’t for Perry Farrell and Lollapalooza, none of us would be here. And I never said ‘bye’, because if you come back, we come back, that’s how it works! “
Rico Nasty also stopped by the Lollapalooza in Chicago. AP Photo
The protocol to enter
The return of Lollapalooza was totally face-to-face and no capacity limit. All attendees had to present, without exception, a vaccination certificate or, failing that, a negative PCR test no more than three days old.
The images of the first two days, in which crowds of fans were seen crowded around the stages, caused concern in the health authorities, so from the third day the mandatory use of chinstraps was required indoors, regardless of the vaccination status.
Then the Chicago Department of Public Health announced new recommendations, in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raising the status of the city’s transmission rate to “substantial.”
The Lollapalooza returned with no capacity limit and worried the health authorities. AP Photo
Beyond performing the Lollapalooza, health experts are concerned about mass events coming up soon in America, like the Sturgis Motorcycle Race in South Dakota, the Minnesota State Fair, and the Iowa Fair, because coronavirus cases are on the rise.
Dr. Megan Srinivas, an infectious disease specialist based in Iowa and nationally recognized for her research, issued a stark warning in that regard. Said people have the misconception that being outdoors is safe, when in reality the virus can spread in large condensed crowds like state fairs and large concerts.
Specialists assure that outdoor crowds are not a safe place either. Photo Rob Grabowski / Invision / AP
“Every time we see a large congregation of people, especially with the mixed vaccination status, we will see a high risk of transmission and increases in transmission,” he noted.