K-pop group BLACKPINK’s year-end concert, ‘BLACKPINK: THE SHOW’, has been postponed due to COVID restrictions being tightened in South Korea.
It seems like Blinks who were looking forward to watching BLACKPINK close out 2020 will have to wait. The quartet’s agency, YG Entertainment, announced earlier today that BLACKPINK’s year-end concert, ‘BLACKPINK: THE SHOW’, has been postponed.
The concert, which was supposed to be live-streamed on December 27th, will now be broadcast on January 31st, 2021.
YG Entertainment clarified in a statement that the decision had been made keeping in mind South Korea’s raise in social distancing levels after a record increase in COVID cases around the country.
“In particular, the local authorities where the venue was located recently released a statement that ‘bans gatherings/events above 10 people until December 28th, which is a stronger executive order than the Korean government’s social gathering level 2.5 (bans gatherings above 50 people).” the statement read.
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While South Korea showed exemplary success in containing the virus during the early months, the past few weeks have seen the country register a record high in cases. The country had 1030 new cases on Sunday, after recording 950 on Saturday.
Currently, Greater Seoul, where almost half of South Korea’s population resides, is under level 2.5 restrictions. Under these, gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.
The postponement announcement also comes days after numerous K-pop stars tested positive for the virus. Until now, the entertainment world had been trudging on with increased safety measures.
Those, however, have now come under scrutiny after stars like Chung Ha, Bitto and Kogyeol (Up1otion), Yiren and Sihyeon (Everglow), and Lee Chan Won tested positive after appearances.