First concert in Tel Aviv for vaccinated spectators

Several hundred people attended an outdoor concert hosted by Tel Aviv City Hall on Friday, the first in a series of musical performances organized for people vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Dancing and wearing protective masks, around 500 enthusiastic spectators watched from the sparse bleachers of Bloomfield football stadium as Israeli pop singer Ivri Lider performed.

“It’s really great, I’m happy and I’m looking forward to the concert”, Reut Gofer told AFP upon arriving at the stadium. “I hope this is the start of a period in which we will be able to return to our real life”, she added.

The first in a series of four concerts organized by the Tel Aviv City Hall at this stadium, this show follows the announcement this week by the Israeli government of the gradual resumption of cultural and artistic events for those vaccinated.

In order to enter the stadium, spectators had to present a certificate from the Israeli Ministry of Health proving that they had received the two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is rapidly supplying the country in exchange for biomedical data on the effect of the drug. treatment.

Two spectators at the concert at Tel Aviv's bloomberg stadium, showing the coronavirus vaccination certificate, compulsory to attend the show (JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Israel, more than half of the population of which received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, gradually emerged from its third lockdown in early February.

Some 796,465 infected people have been identified by the Jewish state since the start of the pandemic, of which about 5,834 have died.

“As the majority of our population is already vaccinated, after one year of Covid, we can finally open our cultural and entertainment activities”, said Eytan Schwartz, spokesman for Tel Aviv City Hall, indicating that it was the first in a series of concerts.

“We are organizing these concerts because we want (…) to have access to culture again, we want to regain our former life. I hope that very soon we will be able to fill this stadium as it should be with 30,000 people”, he added.

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