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Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

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Buffalo Riverworks and The Stage in Williamsville have repurposed portions of their businesses to give customers and Bills fans a covid-safe place to watch the game on Tuesday.

Riverworks has changed its entertainment area, which is usually used for roller derby and concerts, into a seating area and an indoor patio.

“We’re geared up and getting ready for the bills game tomorrow. But what we’ve decided to do this year, was rather than put all the patio furniture away for the winter in storage, we decided to get a little creative and create this indoor patio scene in there,” said Bill Casale, General Manager Pearl Street Properties and Buffalo Riverworks. “So we have the turf, we have all the patio furniture, we have some patio lights. Just to give people the feeling of being outside and enjoying a little bit more of summer trying to extend the season a little bit.”

When it comes to spacing and social distancing, Riverworks manager says that’s not a problem, because they have plenty of space.

“So we definitely have the benefit of spreading things out, everything is well over 6 feet a part, so we practice extreme safety, social distancing, we have sanitize stations all over the facility, all of our employees wear masks, etc. so we’re meeting all the guidelines,” he said.

Another venue that usually hosts concerts and events is The Stage in Williamsville. Management there says they’ve turned their popular dance floor into a dining area

“We just went through remodeling of our floor plan,” said Linnea Ryer bar manager. “So we have tables set up, for parties of 4 all the way up to 10.”

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Indoor Valley music venues struggle during pandemic, but event organizers get creative | Coronavirus in Arizona

Indoor Valley music venues struggle during pandemic, but event organizers get creative | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — October was supposed to be one of the busiest months for local music venues, but the music has stopped for most venues here in the Valley. Some are struggling to keep their doors open as others are getting creative with bringing concerts to the Phoenix area. 

Like most music venues, The Rebel Lounge is quiet and closed. There’s been no live music since March. “In the light of COVID, I don’t know how to do a concert safely, you know. Until there’s a vaccine, I don’t know how you can do the concert,” said Rebel Lounge owner and vice president of National Independent Venue Association, Stephen Chilton. Chilton said last year, he had 600 concerts. This year, he had only 75. “I don’t think there’s an industry harder hit, we are at zero percent revenue for six months,” said Chilton. 

Meanwhile, some event planners are getting into the music scene. “We are a reaction to COVID,” said Bob Bentley with Thompson Event Center and Digital Drive-In. They turned their drive-in movie lot into a drive-in concert.



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Think of it as a live concert meets a drive-in movie.

Bentley hopes to do a concert on Halloween after their summertime shows were marred by the heat. “I think for us, we want to stay CDC-compliant. We want everyone to be healthy, so lets social distance, lets bring your cars and lets go old school,” said Bentley. 

Meanwhile, indoor venues like The Rebel Lounge don’t have the capabilities for drive-in concerts. “We produce mass gatherings and that’s the least safe thing right now,” said Chilton. Now, NIVA has a Save Our Stages campaign, urging lawmakers to give financial assistance to venues in the next coronavirus relief package. “There’s no way all of these venues are going

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