Rochester event organizers are preparing for the return of live entertainment

Rochester event organizers are preparing for the return of live entertainment

As the proportion of Minnesota residents to receive at least one vaccine dose approaches 25 percent, Gov. Tim Walz released sweeping rollbacks to Covid-19 restrictions Friday morning. Businesses like restaurants, gyms and salons can welcome more people into their shops, but perhaps the biggest changes came for large entertainment venues, which will be able to welcome thousands of people for sporting events and concerts in the near future. And, as we learned this week, the first steps are already being taken on a local level to bring live entertainment back to Rochester.

On this week’s edition of the Rochester Rundown, we hear from three local event organizers, who say they are optimistically planning for a summer of shows, though the lingering threat of future Covid outbreaks mean they are putting into place a whole range of contingency plans. It is a balancing act between maximizing what restrictions allow, and making sure the audience feels safe enough to come back — hear what the decision-making process entails, in this week’s podcast.

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