Los Angeles Youth Orchestra musicians perform in masks outside the Super Bowl
The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra performed in masks Sunday outside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., just before the Super Bowl kicked off, video broadcasts, while thousands of people just inside the room have ditched face coverings.
The group, made up of around twenty young musicians, including high school students, carried out “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” alongside gospel duo, MARY MARY, who did not wear face coverings while they sang, according to the TV show and reports.
The performance took place in an area outside SoFi Stadium just before the big game, as thousands of fans appeared to pack stadium seats without masks. It’s unclear whether the YOLA musicians were asked to wear masks and only a few of them appeared not to wear face coverings while performing.
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Fans entering the Super Bowl LVI campus at SoFi Stadium are required to comply with all Los Angeles County COVID-19 health and safety protocols before they can enter. That includes a mandatory mask requirement inside the “indoor-outdoor” stadium for people over the age of two — regardless of vaccination status, according to the NFL.
On Thursday, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said she believes the Super Bowl could go ahead safely if people adhere to safety measures, including masks.
“We ask everyone to take care to minimize risk during the pandemic,” Ferrer said. “Whether it’s catching the game at SoFi Stadium, a pre-game event, or gathering at someone’s home, many of us will spend many hours eating, drinking, cheering, and shouting. with people from very different homes.”
Stadium officials have said they plan to enforce mask-wearing, which is mandatory at all times except when “actively” eating or drinking.
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“It doesn’t mean you buy a bucket of popcorn and eat it for two hours. Actively eat and drink,” said Russ Simons, senior vice president of campus operations and facilities at SoFi Stadium at City. News Service. “We are on to you.”
During the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium last month, Governor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Francisco Mayor London Breed were spotted without a mask – after former Lakers star Magic Johnson tweeted a photo of them.
Newsom later said he took off his mask to get a “drink of water”, although a Rams “fan cam” appeared to show the governor sitting in another location with his mask dangling from one ear.
According to its website, YOLA provides free instruments, music lessons, academic support, and leadership training to more than 1,500 young musicians between the ages of 6 and 18.
Ahead of their performance, some of the young musicians spoke to FOX 11 Los Angeles about their excitement to perform during the Super Bowl festivities.
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“I’m really excited because I always watch the Superbowl. It’s one of the few sporting events I watch and it will be like a dream come true to experience it all,” said high school student Rachel Kivi. “A lot of kids who look like me, they don’t always know they have opportunities like this. When you go to the LA Phil, there’s not a lot of people who look like me and just know you have the opportunity to get there and be in this place and share music, it’s a good thing to see and it’s inspiring.”
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report