New York City has scheduled a mega-concert in Central Park on Aug. 21 to celebrate the city’s reopening after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns amid pandemic.
The New York Times reported that the show will take place on the Great Lawn at Central Park and is slated to last three hours and cater to as many as 60,000 attendees with free tickets, but some V.I.P seating for the show will also be available.
According to the information from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, there will be vaccinated and unvaccinated sections with around 70 percent of the tickets planned for those who are vaccinated.
“This concert is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s going to be an amazing lineup. The whole week is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before in New York City,” de Blasio said, explaining that the concert will be part of a “Homecoming Week” to show that the city is recovering from the pandemic.
New York City, who emerged as a virus epicenter in the early days of the pandemic, recorded no new COVID-19 deaths, and posted its lowest rate of coronavirus cases yet, at 0.83 percent on June 1. It has also been racing to vaccinate its residents with more than 66 percent of the state’s total population that has received at least one vaccine dose as of Monday.
New York State is also implementinga voluntary vaccine passport, called the Excelsior Pass, since March with approximately 1.1 million passes issued as of the last week of May.