Thankfully, with COVID-19 vaccinations, more events can happen again, including concerts. Not only have the fans missed seeing their favorite music artists, but the music industry has been greatly affected as a result too.
Originally BTS was scheduled for the MAP OF THE SOUL world tour in 2020, but it was postponed when the pandemic hit. Ultimately, it was canceled after about a year as there had been not much progress made in terms of COVID-19.
Since then, BTS has only held a few in-person concerts in select locations. The group’s current tour, PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE, had concerts in Los Angeles, California, at the end of 2021. Since ARMY was careful, wearing masks and being vaccinated, despite being a sold-out stadium show, there were little to no reports of positive testings after.
Most recently, BTS held their first in-person concerts in Seoul, South Korea, since the pandemic. Strict guidelines were enforced, though. ARMYs could not even cheer and scream. Instead, they were given “clappers.”
BTS’s next concerts are in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it’s turning out to be one of the biggest occasions ever. With four concert dates and additional events scheduled, HYBE has officially given the city the borahae treatment.
While looking for ways to meet with more ARMY in-person, we have decided to hold an additional concert in LAS VEGAS, US. We are doing our very best to prepare for the concert in compliance with the health care guidelines for a safe quality concert, so please stay tuned for the PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LAS VEGAS concert.
— BIGHIT MUSIC via Weverse
ARMYs are anticipating that this is just the beginning of a full world tour, and dates and locations will be announced one by one.
announcing stops individually instead of doing a tour seems much safer organization wise yup yup i know it’s more locations coming 👁
— 🐻❄️⁷ (@userbfIy) February 22, 2022
Yet, ARMYs are now raising concerns ahead of PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LAS VEGAS. On April 4, the venue Allegiant Stadium announced that they would no longer require proof of a negative COVID-19 or vaccination status.
— Allegiant Stadium (@AllegiantStadm) April 4, 2022
Originally, more health and safety guidelines were set during the time in which ARMYs purchased their tickets. So, the news has devasted and concerned them greatly.
ARMYs are pointing out how problematic the sudden change is, considering COVID-19 is far from over. Currently, the dominant COVID-19 variant, Omicron BA.2, is on the rise, and it’s very contagious.
I know many ARMYs ready to still wear masks & be vaccinated to keep each other & #BTS safe
FYI #CovidIsNotOver There’s still Omicron BA.2 variant on the rise
Im sharing for FYI, if wondering! Please keep boys & each other safe
— 𓍯🐟94PiedPiper⟭⟬⁷=͟͟͞͞⚪ (@94Pied_Piper) April 4, 2022
Confirmed cases are still low across Region 7 (Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas) while BA.2 becomes the dominant strain in our region and in the US as a whole. At-home COVID+ cases aren't counted in Iowa's data.https://t.co/lf5JIcVgdv pic.twitter.com/aj0kLKcea5
— COVID-19 Tracker: Sara Anne Willette (@amethystarlight) April 4, 2022
ARMYs are encouraging each other to be extra careful and “mask up” regardless. Allegiant Stadium also emphasized that the event organizer, HYBE/BIGHIT MUSIC, is requiring concert attendees to wear masks in order to attend.
There’s an on going TM sale right now for people that were waitlisted @BTS_twt @BIGHIT_MUSIC @HYBEOFFICIALtwt IS STILL requiring US to be vaccinated & to properly wear a mask at the venue! I will honor THEIR wishes. 💜😷 #PTD_ON_STAGE_LV pic.twitter.com/1FiEuK594y
— 클라우디아⁷✹ (@ProbablyBTS) April 4, 2022
Mask up anyway because BA2 is up to 80% more contagious than the BA1 and currently the BA2 variant is causing 72% of all cases. Let the numbers and science guide your actions. https://t.co/a9WX4jCgiq
— ⟭⟬ ・し・ 🧈Kaye ⁷ ⟬⟭ BTS ⁷💜 🔍🔎 (@KayePopBangtan) April 4, 2022
Everyone should be careful for the sake of not only themselves but also their fellow ARMYs and favorite artists’.
That phrase haunts me😩
— Chantelle⁷ (@Chantel22981444) April 4, 2022
So, we really don’t need anyone getting sick again considering the concert dates are soon. The members also recently advised ARMYs during a live broadcast to be extra cautious during this time with the recent increase of cases.
While we hope and wish for things to return to normal, the health and safety of everyone should always be a top priority considering the variant on the rise. We, too, advise everyone to be considerate and careful.