Update: Wanna One Reschedules 2021 MAMA Pre-Recording After Staff Tests Positive For COVID-19 + All Members Test Negative
Updated December 10 KST:
Wanna One’s pre-recording for the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2021 MAMA) has been rescheduled.
On their official Twitter account, Wanna One’s representatives confirmed that all the members and the rest of their staff had received negative results for their PCR COVID-19 tests.
In a statement, the representatives stated, “We ask for fans’ understanding for taking the time to confirm the test results and follow the disease control authorities’ guidelines in order to carry out this event as safely as possible. We cannot hold the pre-recording at the scheduled time, and we are deeply sorry to fans for making them wait for so long in this cold weather. After the pre-recording, we have prepared shuttle buses so that fans can return home.”
According to the statement, Wanna One’s 2021 MAMA pre-recording will now take place at 2:30 a.m. KST on December 11. Fans were asked to assemble by 1 a.m. KST at the same location as the original pre-recording assembly.
CJ ENM, the company behind 2021 MAMA, released a statement saying, “We have disinfected the area that the person who tested positive was in. After interviews with the person and checking their movements, we have not found sufficient reason to cancel the entire concert. However, in the interest of maximum safety, Wanna One’s performance will be entirely pre-recorded and they will not participate in the live broadcast on December 11.”
Wanna One has postponed filming for the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) after one of the members’ staff tested positive for COVID-19.
On December 10, Wanna One was in the midst of rehearsing for their highly-anticipated 2021 MAMA reunion performance when a staff member for one of the artists was unexpectedly diagnosed with COVID-19. The rehearsal was immediately halted, and the fans who had been waiting to attend the pre-recording of the performance were sent home.
Mnet has since released the following statement:
A staff member for one of the artists who participated in the December 10 rehearsal for the 2021 MAMA pre-recording has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Therefore, for the safety of all the artists and staff, we halted the rehearsal, and all of the audience members who were waiting to be admitted were sent home.
As a precautionary measure, we plan to test all the staff members and artists who participated in the rehearsal for COVID-19. We have already finished disinfecting the area where the COVID-19 patient remained [during rehearsal].
We will strictly adhere to the government’s guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, and we will do our utmost to ensure that the event can be held safely.
The 2021 MAMA is scheduled to take place on December 11 at 6 p.m. KST.