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New Zealand Marks Full-Size Return to Live Music; Disneyland Reopens; Broadway Looks to September

Encouraging signs for the return to pseudo-normalcy continue to show themselves as more people around the globe are getting vaccinated, leading to some milestone markers this week as the world begins to slowly reopen.

New Zealand is perhaps the subject of the most envy, as the island nation gathered over 50,000 fans at Auckland's Eden Park (which typically didn't hold concerts, even pre-pandemic) for a performance by Six60, an NZ rock band that led up to the show with a tour all across the country. This finale performance on April 24th was the largest-attended concert in the world to take place since the beginning of the pandemic, and was itself dwarfed by sports fans in Australia nearby; the Collingwood Magpies and Essendon Bombers of the Australian Football League played host to 78,113 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25th.

New Zealand band Six60 recapped the lead-up to this momentous occasion with a series of YouTube shorts

New Zealand especially has been lauded for its COVID-19 restrictions, which have now ultimately allowed the nation to open back up in full.

That's not all though, as Disneyland in Anaheim, CA has also reopened as of April 30th, albeit with restrictions in place, according to a press release: "Until further clarification from the state, only California residents are allowed to visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks, in groups no larger than three per household," the release explains.

All guests two years and older are required to wear face coverings, with temperature checks at the gates, limited capacity per attraction, and cashless transactions at points of sale. Reservations must also be made in order to secure admittance; for the time being, tickets cannot be purchased at the gate.

Finally, The Broadway League has recommitted to its aim of reopening the show industry in September. While Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday, April 29th that New York City plans to reopen by July 1st, it is ultimately the decision of Governer Andrew Cuomo whether or not to lift capacity limits on venues. Broadway shows are currently shut down with certainty until May 30th, but The Broadway League plans to announce further details in the coming weeks about a potential reopening.

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Andrew Leyenhorst is the Assistant Editor for Professional Sound and Professional Lighting & Production, and related online channels.
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