New York City is planning a mega-concert in Central Park marking the reopening of the city. After more than a year of COVID-19 lockdowns and heavy restrictions, the city of New York wants to host a celebration. This concert will represent an extremely significant moment in New York City’s COVID-19 recovery. On June 1st, 2021, the city reported that there have not been any new COVID-19 deaths in addition to their lowest rate of cases to date. The New York Times has reported that the show is tentatively scheduled for August 21st and is scheduled to host 60,000 attendees. They have shared that the show will be free of charge and will last for about three hours. Additionally, there will be some VIP seating available.
The New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has shared that there will be vaccinated and unvaccinated sections at the event, and around 70% of the tickets will be distributed to vaccinated guests. De Blasio also said that the concert will be a part of New York’s “homecoming week” in order to show the world that the city is making a recovery from the pandemic. He wants the residents of New York to celebrate and be together since they probably have not gathered together for quite some time.
De Blasio described that the concert will be a “once in a lifetime” event and stated that it will have an amazing lineup. In order to plan the concert, he has hired producer, Clive Davis, an icon in the music industry. They do not know who will be performing yet; however, Clive has shared that they would like to have about eight iconic artists.