A star-studded concert at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium on Sunday will be one of the first major in-person events in Los Angeles County since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a break from these large gatherings.
Vax Live kicks off at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Selena Gomez, chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan and features performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER, according to the organizer of the Global Citizen event, an anti- poverty nonprofit.
The event aims to celebrate the vaccination campaign in the United States and to ensure that people in other countries receive vaccines. The audience will consist of fully vaccinated healthcare professionals and other essential workers, and they will need to show proof of vaccination, organizers said.
Representatives of Global Citizen say they have worked with county and state public health authorities to ensure multiple levels of safety precautions. Participants are required to wear disposable or double-layered face masks when not eating or drinking. Neck guards and bandanas will not be allowed and security guards will enforce masking rules, organizers said.
Capacity will be limited and people will be allocated a seat after going through security. Current county public health guidelines limit outdoor events to 67% of a site’s maximum occupancy, though admission is limited to fully vaccinated people. The SoFi Stadium has approximately 70,000 seats and can be expanded to 100,000 seats.
There will be hand washing and disinfection stations, and teams will follow rigorous cleaning protocols put in place by the stadium.
Other measures include temperature checks and rapid on-site tests for crew members, who also underwent regular testing before the concert, according to Global Citizen. Global Citizen crew, performers and staff will be restricted to areas of the general public to minimize social interaction during the concert, organizers said.
Although the concert is taped Sunday night, it will not air until May 8 on ABC, CBS, Fox, YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations.