Rolling Stones bring satisfaction to Tampa after COVID show postponed
TAMPA, Florida – Friday night Ray Jay was rocking and he was definitely rolling. The Rolling Stones brought their “No Filter” tour to Tampa after COVID-19 closures postponed the show for more than a year. Tens of thousands of fans were late for a much needed “Satisfaction”.
“This is our first time in Tampa,” said Miguel Paulini, from Argentina. “It was our dream to see a show in the United States.”
“How don’t you like that? He’s the best. It’s Mick!” said Donna Perkins from Sarasota.
But with COVID still well a reality, events like these play out a little differently. Security protocols will largely depend on specific locations and artists.
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At Raymond James Stadium, masks are recommended, not mandatory. The same goes for Amalie Arena. Some artists like the Rolling Stones just ask fans to be careful.
“We all got the hang of it and you better get one too,” they said in a video posted to Twitter. “So if you’re not vaccinated, get tested. If they want the masks, put them on, that’s okay.”
Others, like Jimmy Buffet who is at Amalie Arena on December 4, require a negative test or full proof of vaccination. It is also the policy of MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater.
Jannus Live in St. Pete posted on Facebook that shooting is not necessary.
At the Straz Center, anyone aged 5 and over must test negative or voluntarily show proof of vaccination.
“For our indoor shows, we require guests to provide a negative COVID test result,” said CJ Marshall, senior director of operations at the Straz Center. “They can give us either a PCR test result taken within 72 hours of performance or an antigen test result within 24 hours. Or, instead, if they want to voluntarily show us their information from vaccination, we will accept this for all fully vaccinated guests as well. ”
The Straz Center has invested over $ 1 million in its HVAC and air handling systems for even greater filtration.
“We always require that guests wear masks inside the auditorium. Food and drinks are served in our halls but are not allowed in the auditorium,” Marshall said. “Everyone is so happy to be back and we are definitely happy to see them again too.”
Although Florida law prohibits organizers from requiring proof of vaccination by adding the testing option, they are circumventing it.
“It’s going to be so cool to have 50 to 60,000 people clapping and making noise,” said Jeremy Hart, visiting from Memphis.
While fans might not have wanted to wait another year to hear their favorite songs, a wise man once said, “You can’t always get what you want.”
“But if you try sometimes, you might find what you need,” Perkins said, quoting the famous song.