NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Hurricane Ida added to pandemic stressors that made fans question their Eric Clapton tickets.
âWe thought it was going to be canceled, we did it, but surprisingly it wasn’t,â said Reggie Motty.
Residents of Houma, Reggie and Diana Motty say that after the weeks they’ve had, they were running on faith it was still a chance.
âWell, have fun, I sat at home doing nothing and then we almost exhausted ourselves trying to clean up after the storm. I’m glad we’re coming because we’re a little hesitant, but it’s my birthday present, so we’re excited, âsaid Diana Motty.
For those looking to turn the concert into a weekend getaway, however, there were aspects beyond their control.
âWe found out on Wednesday that our hotel had been canceled, open only to first responders and emergency personnel. We understand that being from the coast and the hurricanes, we fully understand the things that happened, but we are still going to come to the concert tonight. It was too hard to do nothing, to get nowhere and I guess this is our first big outing too, âsaid Sherry and Rodney Menear.
Proof of vaccination or a negative test was required to enter, and health educator Dr Eric Griggs says it’s easy to let your guard down, but it’s still very important to remember these steps COVID mitigation, especially after a hurricane and in large crowds.
âKeep your hands, your bugs, your droplets, your delta variant all to yourself. Keep that contained in a mask, wash your hands, try to have fun, but the silver lining is really an opportunity because we all need a moment to breathe. Concerts, sporting events, these are great opportunities for all of us to take a mental break, everything will be fine, âsaid Griggs.
Clapton isn’t the only show in town. Counting Crows and Earth Wind and Fire will also be performing at the Saenger Theater next week.
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