Cologne arena resumes concert season with 'corona-safe' plexiglass cubes

Lanxess Arena in Cologne has reopened with tailor-made coronavirus-safe solutions, including plexiglass cubes in the audience, as seen on Friday. «With the plexiglass boxes we have come to create a protected space indoors for our viewers from where they can watch the action on stage, for example, a concert or a DJ playing,» said Thomas Fasshauer, the event manager behind the «Arena Now» event concept adding that concept is «corona safe». The arena can now accommodate 2,400 spectators, way below its normal 20,000 capacity, but more than double the 900 capacity allowed after the lockdown was lifted. The glass cubes were set around the stage and fit up to eight people. «When you arrive at the cube you can take off your mask and party,» Fasshauer explained. Seats on the lower and upper level are divided into blocks of four, with a distance of 1.5 metres from the neighbouring block. The venue also provides a contactless entrance and social distancing walking paths. The «Arena Now» event concept, initiated by Fasshauer and another organiser Tom Thomas is said to have put together hygiene, use of space and admission concept to form a large protection package for club-goers.

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