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Calibash Moves Forward With J Balvin, Ozuna Despite LA COVID Surge – Billboard

After having to close in 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, one of the country’s largest municipalities Latin The carnival is making a big return to Los Angeles with a three-day event this weekend at Crypto.com Arena.

Shadows for this year Calibash – will be in the headlines on 14-16 January by the top of the charts J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Ozuna – is a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the highly contagious omicron variant, with major cities nationwide reporting record numbers of positives.

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Los Angeles is no exception. As of Monday, nearly 44,000 new cases (which have now surpassed more than 2 million cases since the start of the pandemic) and 13 deaths (more than 27,000 so far) have been reported, according to the report. Los Angeles County Public Health, with hospitalizations reaching the highest level since February 2021.

The kind of case that spikes after the holiday season is something Alessandra Alarcon and her team at SBS Entertainment – where Calibash is produced – is expected, and they have been monitoring the situation closely while coordinating with health and location officials.

Alarcón, president of SBS Entertainment, the live events arm of SBS, which also owns the SBS radio network, said: “We are following the state and venue health protocols to ensure that they are available. I have the right procedures in place to keep everyone safe. and La Mega TV station. “We certainly watched all that was happening while we were planning and we continue to do so. At some point, we have to live and move on, get back to work and do what we do best, which is doing these important programs for our community. ”

Indoor “big event” still open to the public in Los Angeles and, to attend, all guests 2 years of age or older must present proof of full vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test within one day of the event for with antigen test or 2 days for PCR test before entry. Attendees must also wear face coverings at all times when indoors unless actively eating or drinking.

As for Calibash, if you haven’t been vaccinated and forgot to check, you can do a quick check at Crypto.com Arena. “The ability to be tested on site is extremely important,” says Christoper Martinez, business manager of SBS. “And it is provided with proof of health insurance. The person taking the test does not have to pay out of pocket because it is paid for by health insurance. “If you don’t have health insurance, you’ll have an out-of-pocket expense of $59.

While a handful of musicians – including Latin artists Carlos Vives and Los Temerarios – having postponed their 2022 tours due to COVID-19 concerns, Calibash’s lineup is still the same as it was when it was announced in June. Besides the aforementioned titles, artists preparing to take the stage include Becky WOOD, Kali Uchis, Tower of Myke, Nicky Jam, Wisin & Yandel, Rauw Alejandro, Natti Natasha, Natanael Cano and Sech, among many others.

“We don’t expect any changes to the squad, we already have all our contracts,” Alarcón announced. “Everyone is very excited, the response from the artists and the management is that they are very excited to be on the show. They also support all protocols. They are ready to perform.”

Calibash’s second day was sold out, with about 13,000 tickets sold. “We are expecting to sell out all three nights,” said Martinez. If a fan doesn’t feel comfortable attending the three-day event and has already purchased a ticket, no refunds will be issued at this time.

SBS Entertainment is also moving forward with their support with the Día Nacional de la Banda (January 28) and Calibash (January 29) events in Las Vegas. “We are seeing a demand in the market,” says Martínez. “The audience wants to go there, the fans want to enjoy and have a good time. We truly depend on helping them follow all applicable rules and procedures. In turn, that will allow us to safely continue to deliver these performances.”

https://www.billboard.com/business/touring/calibash-los-angeles-j-balvin-ozuna-daddy-yankee-covid-1235017743/ Calibash Moves Forward With J Balvin, Ozuna Despite LA COVID Surge – Billboard

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