“We were the first ones off, and will be the last ones back on.”
In BC, the Entertainment Industry supports more than 100,000 jobs and contributes an estimated $6.22 billion to the provincial economy. At the beginning of the 2019, the industry was poised to grow at an average, compound rate of 3.3% per year until 2023 according to PwC. The overwhelming proportion of this is derived from touring and live events. As the old industry adage states, “You can’t download an experience”.
In March, any gatherings over 50 people were prohibited to combat the COVID pandemic. We all supported our public health decisions and BC has one of the best records controlling the spread of the virus. Congratulations to us all.
As an industry we were the first ones shutdown and remain shutdown. We will only be allowed to open up again as part of Phase 4. No one knows when that will happen at this point but likely it won’t be until 2021.
How does an industry survive with $0 INCOME??!!
In other jurisdictions, e.g. Denmark, Alberta, Saskatchewan people in our industry have developed some innovative ideas to start getting the industry going while still respecting the public health requirements. When some event people started exploring the idea of “ Drive-in” concerts public health put a restriction of 50 cars per event with no concessions or car service.
This is totally unreasonable!! Not only because you can’t make it financially viable with only 50 vehicles but also because there were 2 drive-in theatres operating in the lower mainland for several months that had implemented good COVID policies and practices and had not resulted in any outbreaks of COVID. Unfortunately, these venues have also had to follow the 50 vehicle requirements.
BC must Expand the Carpacity for Drive-In format shows/movies from the current 50 up to 200, like AB and Sask and Ontario currently have in place!!
“I want to see your arms waving out the windows.”
Brett Kissel uttered that uncommon refrain during a series of entirely unconventional concerts.
The Flat Lake-born singer-songwriter provided country music fans with a respite from their COVID-induced isolation, hosting eight sold-out shows last weekend at the River Cree Resort and Casino parking lot.
Billed as ‘Canada’s first ever drive-in country music concert,’ approximately 180 vehicles filled the parking lot, with radios tuned to 89.5 FM for the live feed as Kissel played in front of them. Adhering to Alberta Health Service regulations, attendees had to stay in their non-idling vehicles, restricted from taking any bathroom breaks during the hour-long show.
BC has done an amazing job to date controlling the spread. We can afford to be a little more liberal opening things up yet safe at the same time. We struggle how the current 50 car Max doesn't apply to parking lots at Costco, Walmart and Shopping Centres when they can have upwards of 500 plus on any given time! BC has allowed Film and TV to get back to work and Airlines to fly, why can't the Live Event Industry have a Drive-in format show/movie with 200 cars distanced where no one leaves their vehicles?
BC we need to "Fix This" in order to provide the Live Event Industry to ability to start generating some Revenue to try and survive!