Israelis seeking normalcy attend live concert

(5 Mar 2021) LEAD IN:
The audience of a live concert held in Tel Aviv was made up entirely of vaccinated residents.
For many people, this show symbolizes a return to normalcy and the city’s coming back to life.

A concert for vaccinated residents only was held for the first time in Tel Aviv on Friday.
An audience of 500 people attended the live show, which took place in accordance with the Green Pass restrictions.
Upon arrival, concertgoers presented their Green Pass, proof that they had been vaccinated or had recovered from COVID-19.
Four concerts by Israeli singers, organized by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality between March 5 and 7, are the first ones to be held at the recently renovated Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa since its reopening in August 2019.
“We’re doing several shows throughout the weekend and this is our way of showing the Israeli public (that) it’s safe to go out. Go and get vaccinated if you still haven’t because we have all been waiting for one long year,” said Eytan Schwartz, the Tel Aviv municipality spokesman.
The highly controlled concert offered a glimpse of the future that many are longing for, after months of COVID-19 restrictions.
Governments say getting vaccinated and having proper documentation will smooth the way to travel, entertainment and other social gatherings in a post-pandemic world.
But it also raises the prospect of further dividing the world along the lines of wealth and vaccine access, creating ethical and logistical issues that have alarmed decision-makers around the world.
More than half of Israel’s population of 9.3 million have been vaccinated and the lines for shots have dwindled. Hotels and restaurants are set to reopen on Sunday.

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