Reigning Road March King, Kees Dieffenhaller of KES hits a note during rehearsals for the band’s “IzWe” concert series, which begins tonight and runs nightly until Saturday at Sound Forge venue in St. James

Bavita Gopaulchan

Patrons set to attend tonight’s IzWe concert are being assured that there are ample measures in place to ensure their safety and well-being.

The five-night concert series, hosted by Kes the Band, kicks off tomorow night and is being held at Sound Forge, located at Christopher Samuel Drive, Mucurapo Road, St James. There will be a limited audience.

The venue’s facilities manager, Ario Espinoza, assured no stone was left unturned to ensure the Public Health Regulations are upheld, posing a risk of the event becoming a COVID-19 super-spreader.

In an interview with Guardian Media, Espinoza detailed the health and safety protocols in place.

He noted that each patron will be required to go through at least four security checkpoints between the top of the street and the parking lot.

After parking, Espinoza said, patrons will have their temperatures taken by the first group of ushers. If anyone is exhibiting symptoms, he said a determination will be made to refund them their tickets.

“Each ticket is allotted a specific time, depending on your row number and your seat number. Upon being escorted to the gate your first security pat-down for any weapons will be done by the security. You will then go to the wash stations where you wash your hands,” Espinoza explained.

Contact-tracing forms will be placed on each cocktail table. Once filled out, the forms will be examined by the ushers and patrons will be required to take a second temperature check.

Once cleared, attendees will be taken to their respective seats where they will stay for the remainder of the show.

At no time will they be allowed to take off their face masks.

According to Espinoza, each group will be dealt with based on the time given on their tickets.

This, he said, will prevent patrons from gathering and allow for proper social distancing among persons. He anticipates that the screening process for each group will take about 20 minutes.

Last week, the man behind the event, Kees Dieffenthaller, told Guardian Media while his virtual shows were great, nothing beats performing to a live audience. The finale on Saturday will be broadcast live on CNC3.

In an effort to ensure ‘good vibes’ is the only thing the concert spreads, the production team emphasized that it has been working closely with Public Health Inspectors.