In late summer, as the limited capacity guidelines were lifted, the Ramkat and the state’s sister concert halls, such as the Orange Peel in Asheville and the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, began to reopen, but instituted vaccination protocols and policies. The same goes for other entertainment venues such as Aperture Cinema.
“All of our staff, visiting musicians and performers, and all spectators were required to show full proof of vaccination or a COVID PCR or rapid lab test within 72 hours of the date of the show,” Emmett said. . “We certainly had a bit of a backlash from some of the early anti-vaccine liberty and liberty, and even with our politics and the mandate of the city of Winston-Salem mask, there was still a lot of people who didn’t feel comfortable going out for shows.
“But, having said that, we had some big shows in September, October, November and December and saw a good number of people who were ready to go back to see live music, many of whom enjoyed our new policy and felt more comfortable coming to see the shows in our hall.
“Overall, the Ramkat was happy to be able to be open and welcome groups and audiences again in 2021,” Emmett said, “and we hope 2022 continues in the right direction.”
Monstercade also returned indoors, hosting their first music concert inside the hall in October and continuing their comedy shows and other events. Throughout the pandemic, Bocanegra said he has found the support of his customers inspiring.