Calls for equal treatment for the entertainment industry | Shows

The College of Public Show Producers of Puerto Rico (COPEP), chaired by Mr. Roberto Sueiro, is working on the recommendations that the government will put into consideration to mitigate the blow to this sector after the new executive orders due to the rise in covid infections -19 due to the omicron variant, which has already led to multiple cancellations of massive events.

“We are requesting that the government, before issuing executive orders that affect the entertainment industry, meet with us to see how we can help with the matter,” said Sueiro.

The lawyer announced that COPEP is in talks with government officials to materialize the meeting.

Among the suggestions that the producers have brought to the table are reinforcing the use of the mask, as well as prohibiting the sale and consumption of food and beverages within the vicinity where the event is held.

“What we propose is that the concessions would be limited to some areas, preferably outdoors,” explained Sueiro in an interview with THE SPOKESMAN.

“The producer has to make announcements prior to the event, during the event, prior to ticket sales and the artist himself demanding it from his fans,” Sueiro commented on the implementation of the proposals, for which it would be necessary to hire additional staff. .

The executive order signed by Governor Pedro Pierluisi to stop the rebound in covid-19 infections and whose validity extends until January 18, prevents the celebration of any activity that brings together more than 250 people.

Meanwhile, on January 16, the executive order that reduces the capacity to 50% in theaters expires.

Through this mechanism, it is also mandated that every person who attends an event would have to present the negative test for the coronavirus carried out 48 hours before the activity, in addition to the evidence of vaccination against covid-19.

Regarding this executive order, the COPEP understands that it is “impracticable” unless the government provides a test center that is exclusively for people who are going to attend an event.

Among the suggestions to Pierluisi is also asking attendees for evidence of the third dose of the covid-19 vaccine, instead of the negative test.

Sueiro raised the flag and asked for the entertainment industry the same treatment that restaurants, bars and cinema receive, among others.

“We know that there is a high positivity rate and that health is the main thing, but within the circumstance and what is happening, given that the government has not decided to make a total closure, is it fair that the industry of the show nothing else? ”, he questioned.

The lawyer warned that before a new total closure, employees of the entertainment industry would not have the opportunity to receive local or federal economic aid, as happened at the beginning of the pandemic.

Standing concerts

On the other hand, although the concerts of Jowell & Randy, Tommy Torres and the second round of In The Heights presentations have had to be canceled or postponed, at the moment, others are still standing.

Such is the case of the Myke Towers concert which is scheduled for January 20-22. As well as that of Kany García that should be held on the 28th and 29th of this month, both at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

For both events, those present must present negative proof of covid-19, according to OE-2021-080.