The spike in COVID-19 cases that opened the new year also forced the league to place the ongoing Governors’ Cup on hold. “The Philippine Basketball Association has postponed all scheduled games this week until it hears from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) allowing the league to continue its tournament,” the league said.
Most concerts and theater performances have been done virtually since the pandemic began in March 2020. ABS-CBN’s YouTube channel and Facebook page streamed the musical “Ang Huling El Bimbo” in May 2020. It streamed through TFC Online last year. Due to the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, even benefit concerts to assist victims of Typhoon Odette were held virtually.
Performers and athletes may want to perform live, but they too are prone to the virus. Performing their chosen profession means being without masks for the duration of the concert or game. For their part, Ben&Ben will announce a new concert date soon. The band had just performed in their first major online concert on December 5, 2021. They were coming off a holiday break prior to this scheduled performance.
Prevention Tips Against COVID
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, health protocols have been enforced worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO)) has urged the following measures against COVID-19:
The WHO also cautioned against going to crowded places as COVID-19 spreads easily in that environment. They warn against going to close-contact settings, especially where people have close-range conversations. Finally, the public should avoid confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. The risk is higher in places where these three overlap.
With the Ben&Ben concert canceled, this is the latest example of an event affected by the global pandemic. Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, concerts, musical performances, and sporting events in arenas are currently not allowed in the Philippines. The World Health Organization consistently encourages the public to follow health measures to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.
Until positive cases go down, concerts and sporting events will not likely be allowed again in large venues.
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