Leverkusener Jazztage: Corona controls taken seriously | Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

The increasing number of infections with the coronavirus is currently not only calling into question many events. It also leads to uncertainty among people attending one of the events that are still taking place. At the Jazz Days there have been concerts almost every evening since November 4th and until next Saturday, November 20th. The main concert venue is the Erholungshaus, where Konstantin Wecker last performed in an almost sold-out hall.

“Feel at home here”

Two of the almost 600 guests were Uwe Klippert and his wife Waltraud Jahn-Klippert from Burscheid. Both are “big alarm clock fans” in their own words and have been looking forward to this performance in Leverkusen for a long time. Despite the current Corona situation, not arriving was not an option for them. “And even if there is always a little uncertainty at play at the moment, we feel at home here.” At the entrance, the vaccination certificate and identity card were checked “very carefully”. “That is good and right.” And the hall is not a large hall either, and it has seating.

Cornelia and Hans-Günther Dreesmann from Opladen were also in the audience. Both had bought the tickets for the concert at short notice. “And we also feel safe here.” On the one hand, the controls are strict. And on the other hand, the Erholungshaus is not a Cologne Arena, where “like a few days ago 17,000 spectators will see and celebrate crossbeat”. That would be a different house number. “That would be far too much for us at the moment.”

At some concerts there is ample distance between the spectators in the recreation house.

Jazztage boss Fabian Stiens emphasizes that the Tüv-tested ventilation system with incoming and outgoing air in the hall of the recreation house is “100 percent running” and is accordingly state-of-the-art for the renowned house. He nevertheless points out to the visitors of the concerts “that the mouthguard can be removed while sitting down during the performances”, but: “Each guest is very welcome to decide for himself how he or she proceeds in this regard.” In other words: The Mask can also be kept on. Like to see.

Stiens was one of the first organizers in town to opt for the stricter 2-G rule at the Jazz Days and in the Scala Club in Opladen, which he runs, long before the start of the current fourth wave. “Although I would have preferred that to be an official policy measure beforehand.”

Either way: be prepared for all eventualities. “Even if 2G + had come now, we could have set up a tent for tests next to the recreation house within a day.”

For the future in the Scala Club it is similar: “We already had a test center there and could open it again at any time.” With regard to the festival, which is soon to end, it is clear: “Everyone showed great solidarity: audience, artists, the team. ”So far, there has also been discipline behind the stage when it comes to keeping your distance, wearing masks and regular disinfection.

“So I’m very happy when November 20th. is over, Wolfgang Niedecken has played the last chord and the jazz days are over. Then I’ll make three crosses for this year. And we can all really pat each other on the back ”.


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