So today I got this email about an upcoming show in Ottawa, looks to be possibly a test case for bigger events. Late March is fairly optimistic for an outdoor event, temperature could be below freezing!
“The Ontario Festival Industry Taskforce (OFIT) in collaboration with DNA Live—and with support from the Canadian Live Music Association, Ottawa Festivals Network, and the National Arts Centre—today announced THE LONG ROAD BACK, a live in-person concert using rapid COVID-19 antigen screening.
The event will take place at Lansdowne Park, March 27, 2021 and feature the super Soul sounds and Motown rhythms of THE COMMOTIONS. Fans of live music can expect an evening that will bring the joy of music to Ottawa, along with a sense of escape.
The innovative nature of the March 27 event will allow attendees to participate in a safer environment, with the added layer of rapid COVID-19 antigen screening, and will be the first of its kind in Canada.
THE LONG ROAD BACK concert will take place at Lansdowne Park, in an area known as the Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza. The proposed rapid COVID-19 antigen screening will be limited to 100 attendees and organized in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart. Screening will be offered at participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores 48 hours before the event—between the hours of 3:30 p.m. on March 25 to 3:30 p.m. on March 27. Starting March 18th, ticket holders can visit the Health Solutions by Shoppers Drug Mart Employer Rapid Antigen Screening Program Portal to create their profile and schedule their rapid antigen screening appointment.
Organizers are producing the event under the guidance of Rapid Test; Trace Canada and their team of well-respected epidemiological and biomedical experts, including Dr. Caroline Colijn (Simon Fraser University), Dr. David Juncker (McGill University), and Dr. Michael Mina (Harvard University) with the cooperation of the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the corresponding health authorities.”