Debate Over Masks Sparked By Stray Kids Concerts’ Postponement Since Three Members Tested Positive For COVID-19
Stray Kids‘ anticipated North American leg of their 2nd World Tour MANIAC officially kicked off this past week with three successful concerts in Newark, New Jersey, and Chicago, Illinois.
Yet, on July 2, it was announced that three members, Lee Know, Felix, and I.N, had tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the members have tested negative so far, and the members confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 are reportedly not showing symptoms. Previously, STAYs expressed concern over Lee Know’s condition during their first concert.
Still, the concerts for both Atlanta, Georgia, and Fort Worth, Texas, that were scheduled for July 3rd and July 6th, respectively, have been postponed. Live Nation confirmed that it would be rescheduled, though.
Nevertheless, it has affected a lot of people. Not only are members sick, but fans who had planned to travel for the tour are struggling in more ways than one.
i quit my job, paid $200 for a hotel, and planned this concert around my road trip back home. there isn’t any way i’ll be able to go back to atlanta for the rescheduled date. i may not see stray kids this year. i’m so devastated. please wear your masks. https://t.co/Q61dFbn78n
— may ☻🔩 (@felixsunnyboi) July 3, 2022
I just wish Stays had worn masks. I started my day canceling flights, hotel, and with tears because they were irresponsible. I have a full time job and may not be able to attend the rescheduled show. 💔 #StrayKids_2ndWorldTour_MANIAC #StrayKidsATL
— Chaotic_Tansy (@Tansy_Godrattle) July 3, 2022
Since the announcement, a controversial debate over masks has sparked.
#greenscreen i think it was 3 shows idk doesnt matter. Atlanta and forthworth have been postponed. Wear your fucking mask. #straykids #straykidsstay #skzstay #skz #lovestay #maniacworldtour
Many STAYs (Stray Kids fans) feel that the members likely contracted COVID-19 from performing their own concerts with fans in attendance not wearing masks.
pls wear masks!!!! for the safety of stray kids, staffs and stays ☹️
— (◜‿◝) ♡ (@hyuntext) July 3, 2022
So, again, they are reiterating the importance masks play in preventing COVID-19. If not for your own safety, at least consider Stray Kids.
AND THATS WHY WE SAID WEAR YOUR FUCKING MASKS.
— Lee (does not) Know (@the_deesse) July 3, 2022
Friendly reminder to wear masks as much as possible for the health and safety of Stray Kids, the crew, and Stays present. Have fun everyone! pic.twitter.com/u0hyoGiMAx
— Stay Info (@iStay_Informed) June 29, 2022
Let’s do our part to protect the boys. Wear your masks. If you feel sick, get tested or don’t go. Even if you don’t feel sick, get tested just as a precaution. It’s for everyone’s health and safety including Stray Kids, the staff, and other Stays not just for yourself. https://t.co/6d4GPywbWK
— Stay Info (@iStay_Informed) July 3, 2022
Reportedly, many attendants at the concerts have not been wearing masks. Ironically enough, it’s especially those closer to the stage, meaning the ones most likely to interact with the artists, possibly putting them at risk.
i saw a tiktok about a stay saying they didn't want to wear a mask because it would ruin it if they had a moment with a member?? like what kinda fanfic world are they living in
— robin (@soulfulsuga) July 3, 2022
Yet, that’s why many of those tend not to wear masks. Some feel that it would ruin their interaction with the member if they were masked.
Everyone tryna get their y/n moment, put on yah damn mask pic.twitter.com/o6w3FP2wmy
— 3Racha’s wife⁷💎〥 (@FinityDee) July 3, 2022
Some have also pointed out the hypocrisy of some attendants. In the case of one STAY, they expressed their frustrations over the lack of masks being worn and preached about keeping the members of Stray Kids safe. Yet, they revealed that their dad had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the concert and still attended. So, there is a concern about not just wearing masks but fans attending a concert anyway if they may be sick.
THE AUDACITY???!;!!,!:!;!,!!:3 pic.twitter.com/ELAVsUgJJP
— ali 🐈⬛💙 (@lixiesbok) July 3, 2022
Regardless, STAYs are pointing out the effectiveness of masks. When Stray Kids performed in South Korea and Japan, where masks are mandatory for fans to attend, no one got COVID-19 then.
there is literally no excuse NONE. pic.twitter.com/5R2MZFJPLI
— 🛒🐇 (@scbbit) July 3, 2022
notice how everyone in korea and japan wore their masks and there were no issues ??? 😵💫😵💫
— c.🧋 (@astronautskz) July 3, 2022
I never got Covid until the mask mandate was lifted in Ontario and at that time I was still wearing a mask myself but my family wasn’t. So that logic that masks never worked is just simply not true.
— 𝒆𝒎˘͈ᵕ˘͈ (@chansplacebo) July 3, 2022
If people weren’t already upset after the unfortunate news of Lee Know, Felix, and I.N’s testing positive for COVID-19 and concerts’ postponement, they were only more upset when they noticed fan-held events with crowds of maskless attendees.
going to events in atlanta not wearing a mask after we just got postponed today???
idk which one is them or who else is in this photo but i wanted to spread it since they deleted the photo and blocked me!!
— waiting for skz (@dwaekkihyuck) July 3, 2022
seeing vids of people supposed to attend the concert still being maskless. Concert got postponed cause of cvid cases, several stays, skz and prolly some of their staff and ya’ll are still not masking up😭
— 투.鬼 (@Hanbokchris) July 4, 2022
Netizens feel that some have not learned from the mistakes made already.
shows canceled, members, stays, and staff catch covid and there are STILL people going around maskless y’all are truly so fucking lost. stay away from the kids forever i’m serious.
— birdy 🐇 18 ♡ (@lixieloaf) July 4, 2022
Once again, there are little to no stays wearing masks at this RDP. Stray Kids are literally not performing in Atlanta and Fort Worth because of that. Do y’all just not learn??
— Cat 👽✌🏻 (@humankitkatbar) July 3, 2022
Especially considering how precautions Stray Kids and their crew have taken and the fact that concerts have been postponed for over two years due to COVID-19, many STAYs are in disbelief over others’ lack of safety precautions.
There are a lot of artists on tour who caught the virus. For Stray Kids’, the crew’s, and Stays’ safety, we encourage Stays who will attend all shows to wear masks specially that Stray Kids are up close with the crowd. You waited+2 years for this, you can wear a mask for 3 hours.
— Stay Info (@iStay_Informed) June 30, 2022
nah bc jyp got them separate rooms, didnt let them do any sightseeing, GOT A PRIVATE PLANE!!! to keep them safe and the bare minimum stays had to do was wear a mask for 3h…theres is literally no excuse to not wear a mask, youre just selfish
— 승민의 나비🤍🦋 (@zimtyseungs) July 3, 2022
We wish Felix, Lee Know, and I.N, along with others who contracted COVID-19, a speedy recovery during this time.
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