Des photos de foules massives assistant au festival de musique Lollapalooza à Chicago ont incité les utilisateurs de Twitter à demander avec humour : « Où est Charlie ? tandis que le maire de la ville a été critiqué pour avoir donné son feu vert à l'événement. </p><div><p>Dire que les foules de Lollapalooza suscitent une certaine anxiété serait un euphémisme. Bien que le maire de Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, ait menacé de rétablir les restrictions sur la ville cette semaine si les cas dépassent 200 par jour, même elle était présente – et, parfois, sans masque.
Lightfoot welcomed festival goers to the four-day event and thanked them for disguising themselves. According to this year’s rules, only unvaccinated participants or about 8% of all visitors must wear masks at all times, and everyone must mask themselves indoors from Saturday. The rules also state that those who “Are not vaccinated or at high risk of severe Covid-19” should “Avoid crowded festival areas and stay at least 6 feet from other groups. “ Another recommendation urges festival-goers, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to “Avoid physical contact with people outside your group. “
However, such careful behavior would hardly be achievable at one of the biggest music festivals in the world, which is going at full capacity, with photos showing many consumers, many of whom are so excited they touch the person next to them. from them. Finding a mask in the crowd, some Twitter users joked, was like finding Waldo in a “Where’s Charlie” book.
Did you see the huge crowd at Lollapalooza, and not a mask in sight? People say finding a mask there is like finding Waldo. And in liberal Chicago. If this crowd doesn’t buy the new scare cycle, no one is. People are coming back to life.
– First words (@unscriptedmike) August 1, 2021
This is Where’s Charlie except you’re looking for masks. It makes me so sad even if they needed either immunizations or a negative test because you can still get it and spread it with the immunizations. So yes that won’t help us at all https://t.co/eQpUk0omsn
– Rafranz⁷ 💜🧈 (@RafranzDavis) August 1, 2021
Some have pointed to the delta variant, which health officials say can spread more easily and could even be spread by vaccinated people, as a cause for concern about the festival.
Lightfoot took a backlash for its decision to let the event go. University of Chicago Medical Center Executive Medical Director Dr Emily Landon called the festival a “Spreader” event, which can trigger “Infection forest fires”. “I think a lot of people are going to catch COVID in Lollapalooza”, she told NBC 5 Chicago as the event was about to begin. Lightfoot brushed aside the concerns, however, insisting that “The people of Lolla have a good solid plan. ”
Lollapalooza attendees had to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed to participate in the event. Organizers said on the festival’s opening day, Friday, that 90 percent of attendees had shown proof of vaccination.
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