It will be a Sanremo Festival very different from the usual: here are the rules for dealing with the Covid emergency
Sanremo 2021, the co-hosts of Amadeus
For decades, the Sanremo Festival has been an unmissable event dedicated to music in all its facets, a long-awaited event in the name of joy and fun. This year, however, the singing festival will undergo significant changes: Rai has approved its anti-Covid protocol, to deal with the health emergency. What will be different on the Ariston stage?
After the controversies of recent weeks, which have involved Amadeus personally, the RAI leaders have made a decision on the presence of the public in the Sanremo theater. The 2021 Festival will be behind closed doors, a security measure deemed necessary to avoid the spread of the contagion. Despite the various proposals – such as isolating the public on a cruise ship or using extras – it was preferred to be on the safe side and completely avoid the presence of other people at the Ariston.
Finally, in the past few hours, the broadcaster has established the anti-Covid protocol to which the Sanremo 2021 Festival will have to adapt. And reading what was reported by Corriere della Sera, it is already clear that there will be numerous changes in this new edition of the singing competition – which, we remind you, will be held from 2 to 6 March. Some measures concern only the work behind the scenes: for example, there will be diversified entrances for the technical and production staff (on the right side of the backstage) and for the author cast (on the left side).
The hair and make-up stations will find space in what has always been the press room, while the competing artists will have to come to the theater already dressed. Before their performance, the singers will be hosted in a 7 square meter dressing room, where they will be escorted by a Rai employee to the stage. Throughout this time, the use of Ffp2 masks will remain mandatory – the surgical mask is allowed only to artists when moving from the dressing room to the stage, to avoid ruining the make-up.
Naturally, the usual safety measures will be in force behind the scenes: the obligation to use a mask, social distancing and frequent disinfection of the hands, facilitated thanks to the presence of numerous sanitizing gel dispensers. But it is on the stage that the most obvious change will take place: to avoid crowds, the evenings will be marked in a very precise way.
The fixed cast, in addition to the competing artists, will be composed of the conductor and other 5/6 units. To these must be added the 60 musicians of the orchestra, the 23 masters who will conduct each performance and 4/5 guests per evening. The singers can only be accompanied by a sound engineer and a record company. Furthermore, strict distancing rules will be provided during the live broadcast – especially since the protagonists of the Festival will not wear masks.
Those who will be the subject of the shot must maintain an interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters between them and 2 meters with all the others. On the other hand, the members of the orchestra will have a distance of 2 meters from the front and 1.5 meters laterally – very important, especially for those who play wind instruments and for choristers. The prizes and flowers, previously sanitized, will finally be delivered without the usual handover, but through a trolley that is in turn sanitized.
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