It looked like a photo from a time capsule. 50,000 mask-less fans, all of which appeared to be having the time of their lives, as they sang, clapped, and jumped n top of each other at an open air concert. Fun? Did you know that was still allowed?
Social distancing is so 2020 in New Zealand. They went hard on policies at the beginning of the pandemic, and now they get to enjoy the benefits, as the country has done away with all their strict policies and are now allowing citizens to enjoy their life. (Dr. Fauci would be aghast!)
The band Six60 is popular in New Zealand, and their show in Auckland was billed as the largest concert in the world since the start of the pandemic.
The lead singer, Matiu Walters knows that he and his bandmates are lucky, being able to perform in New Zealand while most of the rest of the world is still locking things down on some level.
“We know what it’s like to be in lockdown. It sucked. And we didn’t know if we’d be able to play gigs again. But we are fortunate, for a few reasons, here in New Zealand.”
In Australia, almost 80,000 fans packed into a stadium to watch an Australian rules football game Sunday night. That earned billing as the most-heavily attended sporting event since the pandemic began.
File both those stories under the header “Good Livin’ Down Under.”
Whatever New Zealand did should be celebrated. According to Worldometer, the country has a population of 5 million people, but only 26 died of coronavirus.