Despite The Coronavirus Pandemic, Mexico City Music Festival Vive Latino Did Happen This Weekend
You may be in quarantine, you may be working from home and barely venturing to the grocery store once a week like me, but many people in Mexico City still haven’t changed their way of life. Vive Latino, one of the largest music festivals in the country, was not canceled this past weekend, while we are right in the middle of coronavirus pandemic. According to the organizers, more than 70,000 tickets had been sold for the 2-day festival, and despite the fact that many bands backed out, the festival was apparently packed!
Guns N’ Roses, Carlos Vives, and Zoe were supposed to be among the headliners of the festival with hundreds of other bands, and if Guns N’ Roses effectively played the festival, I am not exactly sure which bands still performed and which ones backed out.
‘Suspending massive events is not necessary,’ simply said the mayor of Mexico City. The fact that Mexico has not seen many cases and deaths yet (and I insist on this ‘yet’) has incited people to maintain the big event. Why? Do they think the virus has stopped at the border?
‘Authorities are telling us that we are in Phase 1 [of the Coronavirus epidemic] and we can move forward and that’s what we’re doing,’ declared Vive Latino founder and director Jordi Puig to Billboard. The Mexican government and Mexico City mayor had no problem with the big event. In a press conference, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo said Vive Latino would go on, but that ‘the only massive activities that would be suspended were those that have no economic impact.’
According to her discourse, it is clear that they are risking people’s lives and the spread of the epidemic, just because they don’t want to lose money.
They still took drastic measures, drivers had to wear masks and gloves and carry disinfectant gel in their cars, the access to dressing rooms was strictly limited to artists and their teams, while people walking in had their temperature checked. So do they think it was that safe? And what does phase 1 of the Coronavirus epidemic even mean? Haven’t we been told over and over these past few days that the sooner we take some measures the better? We may see an outbreak of the coronavirus in Mexico City in the following weeks.