HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The Hollywood Bowl held a free event for frontline workers Saturday, making it the first concert held at the venue since November 2019.
Attendance was kept to 4,000 people, with 85% seats going to fully vaccinated guests. Unvaccinated guests that could show a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours were also allowed. Masks were required for all attendees.READ MORE: Southland Residents Receiving Unemployment Insurance Must Actively Seek Work As Of July 11 In Order To Keep Benefits
“Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you very much, muchas gracias for all you have been doing and you are doing for us,” LA Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel told the crowd.
For many at the venue, it was an emotional night as the strain of the pandemic is still fresh.READ MORE: Documented Gang Member, Marquise Gardon, Charged In Beverly Hills Robbery Pleads Not Guilty
“The first few months we didn’t know, we didn’t what this virus is all about,” Liza Linsao, a nurse, told CBSLA’s Laurie Perez.
Another nurse, Maya Wong, buzzed with excitement.
“Oh yeah, this is like very exciting, for all of us especially. We haven’t been together for a while,” she said.MORE NEWS: LA Public Library System To Reopen 20 Additional Library Branches On June 21
There will be more free concerts for essential workers before the Hollywood Bowl begins its summer season in July.