Red Alert Restart: Houston buildings to be lit in red to support concert venues

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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Don't be alarmed if you see red lights over Houston. It's part of a campaign supporting an industry hit hard by the pandemic.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Virtually every segment of society has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which in the Houston area has entered a seventh month since the first local case was identified.

The millions of people tied to the live events industry, which includes those who produce concert tours, trade shows, as well as the many behind the scenes laborers, are using the first day of September to bring attention to pending legislature that would help them.

Houston is among dozens of large North American cities that illuminated major live event venues and buildings in red as part of the Red Alert Restart campaign.

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Organizers are pressing Congressional members for a swift passage of the RESTART Act, which would fund relief to all those involved in the industry. All told, 5.1 million people have been impacted since March over widespread shutdowns in a business valued at $877 billion yearly.

About 1,500 buildings were expected to shine in red Tuesday.

Popular concert venues in Houston have launched crowdfunds to help their out-of-work employees.

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