Concerts and Tours in the time of COVID-19


Now that states in the U.S. are opening up from COVID-19 again, and musicians are announcing 2021 and 2022 tours, new regulations have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety.


I recently was able to go to a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and those regulations were rightfully strict. With their capacity at 20,789 people, everyone must make sure that they do their part.

For this concert specifically, everyone had to be fully vaccinated, and for those that were unable to get vaccinated due to their age (those under 12), they must show negative PCR results within 48 hours of the concert. Within the stadium, everyone had to wear a mask, and there would be no exceptions to any of their policies. 

I was pretty surprised, mostly in awe, about just how many people were sitting inside the venue. After barely being around people for the past two years, it was astonishing to see so many people. It felt so new, and it was very exciting. 

I was able to get my hands on General Admission tickets, as well as seats at this concert. This meant that I got a taste of everything. General Admission was extremely crowded, with people constantly brushing up against me. I was almost scared to get trampled by everyone running about the floor trying to get as close as they could to the stage. It felt a lot more spacious in the seats, just as it did prior to COVID’s havoc on the world. It was just like a pre-COVID concert, the only exceptions being the mask-wearing and how many times I had to show my vaccine card. 

View of General Admission before the concert began
View of General Admission and seated seats just before the concert began

I would totally recommend going to a concert, so long as you are taking precautionary measures and willing to have your purple circle (what I like to call my personal-space bubble) popped. Many concerts in the area require either a vaccination card or a negative PCR test result (taken between 48-72 hours of the concert depending on the concert). Machine Gun Kelly’s concert, on October 28, 2021, at Virginia Credit Union LIVE in Richmond, VA, is requiring either proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the concert, although requirements may change based on the state’s guidelines. It is also requiring individuals to wear a mask. 

Keep an eye out for concerts near you by checking websites like Ticketmaster and Spotify!