Nevada Governor Loosens Restrictions on Event Attendance
Nevada will no longer have quite as strict of a cap on live event attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that the 50-person cap on event attendance would be lifted on October 1. “This is not the end. This is the first step toward getting... Read more
Florida Governor Pushes Reopening, Hopes for Full Super Bowl in Tampa
Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis (R) pushed the state into phase three of its reopening amid the coronavirus last week. Among the changes are restaurants and bars being able to open to a minimum of 50 percent capacity, if not full. For local jurisdictions seeking to impose further restrictions, they... Read more
Connecticut Venues Allowed to Reopen After Surprise Announcement from Governor
Concert venues and other arts spaces will be allowed to open as early as October 8 in Connecticut, following a surprise announcement by Governor Ned Lamont last week. Shuttered since March in one of the states hit hardest by the pandemic in its early phases, some organizers plan to... Read more
Michigan House Votes to End Ban on Legal Ticket Resale
State lawmakers in Michigan voted Tuesday to repeal a longtime ban on legal ticket resale in the state. A pair of bills passed the house by wide margins – 93-12 and 91-14 – and will now be considered by the Senate. The upper chamber had passed legislation removing the... Read more
StubHub, Ticketmaster Prevail in MLB Ticket Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed shortly after the coronavirus pandemic brought Major League Baseball’s upcoming season (and all other sports) to a sudden halt fizzled out this week, as a judge dismissed StubHub and Ticketmaster from the lawsuit, with MLB expected to see similar results on its dismissal requests soon. U.S.... Read more
Four Sentenced in Master’s Ticket Resale Fraud Scheme
A Georgia man will spend time in federal prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in a case tied to tickets for the popular Master’s golf tournament in Georgia. Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, was sentenced to 28 months jail time followed by three years of supervised... Read more
Ticket Rocket “Fiasco” Leads Canadian City to Give Consumers Gift Cards
The city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan has announced it will be providing gift cards good towards the purchase of tickets to future events after its ticketing vendor failed to refund those who purchased tickets to events subsequently cancelled by governmental restrictions on events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The... Read more
Broadway’s Jujamcyn Theaters Sue Insurers Over COVID-19 Payouts
Broadway’s Jujamcyn Theaters have brought a lawsuit against a pair of insurance companies, alleging that they unlawfully denied millions of dollars in policy coverage as the company shut down due to government restrictions on live events due to the coronavirus. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New... Read more
New York Bar, Venue Owners Sue Over COVID-19 Shutdowns
A group of New York business owners have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) over what they call “unconstitutional” shutdowns of their business operations as a precaution amid COVID-19. The group, which includes bar owners and venue operators who host live music as a... Read more
Ohio Allows Entertainment Venues to Open at 15% Capacity
After months of shutdown, entertainment venues are once again allowed to open their doors in Ohio, after an order issued by Governor Mike DeWine. Venues impacted by the order include theaters, concert and music halls, and convention centers. Capacity is limited to the lesser of 15 percent of the... Read more