Following the news of no active cases of COVID-19 in the country, restrictions on live entertainment have been lifted in New Zealand meaning that concerts, performances, and live shows can resume normally.
Chief executive of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Barbara Glaser was ecstatic at the news, saying that despite their success on youtube during the lockdown, “there’s no substitute for live events, we’re super excited to be able to put the orchestra back on stage with a full audience.”
The country will continue contact tracing meaning that seated events will be favorable over more open spaced alternatives.
The country does not have intentions of lifting its closed borders policies anytime soon meaning that scheduled events with foreign performers such as the one arranged by Auckland Philharmonia for July 9 will have to be altered.
Meanwhile, over the border, Australians will have to continue with the lockdown as usual but with renewed hope of things getting better. Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre had to lay off its crew and had to request patrons to hold onto their tickets as the theater could not afford refunds.
Darlinghurst Theatre co-artistic director, Amylia Harris, addressed New Zealand’s success with renewed hope saying, “I’m so happy for the New Zealanders, it’s much sooner than I thought and if this means we have a chance of opening our doors, we’re ready to go”.