IATSE Calls for Live Venues to Become COVID Vaccination Sites Using Union Labor

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Reprinted from Variety by Jazz Tangcay on January 16, 2021.

As entertainment venues including Broadway theaters, dance centers, arenas and concert halls lie empty across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, IATSE, the union that represents the workers behind-the-scenes at those venues tweeted earlier this week, “Turn live venues into COVID vaccination sites and use union labor to set it up.”

As the country struggles to figure out the logistics of rolling out the vaccine, and hospitals run out of ICU space, the union and its workers are ready to get back in the game – and so are the venues.

MSG Entertainment, a leader in venues that include New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; and The Chicago Theatre said via a spokesperson, “We stand ready to partner with the City and State should they request our help.” …

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