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Concerts May Not Return Until Fall 2021

It a recent feature in the New York Times, a group of medical experts talked about the ongoing situation with the coronavirus, and how we should go about bringing back the economy. Covid-19 has caused horrific problems across all industries, especially those that work in live entertainment. Some experts seem to think that we won’t be returning to shows anytime soon.

One of the panelist, was bioethicist Zeke Emanuel, shared his ideas on how to slowly reopen the economy, while simultaneously protecting the public. Below is what Emanuel had to say:

Restarting the economy has to be done in stages, and it does have to start with more physical distancing at a work site that allows people who are at lower risk to come back. Certain kinds of construction, or manufacturing or offices, in which you can maintain six-foot distances are more reasonable to start sooner. Larger gatherings — conferences, concerts, sporting events — when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility. I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.

Restaurants where you can space tables out, maybe sooner. In Hong Kong, Singapore and other places, we’re seeing resurgences when they open up and allow more activity. It’s going to be this roller coaster, up and down. The question is: When it goes up, can we do better testing and contact tracing so that we can focus on particular people and isolate them and not have to reimpose shelter-in-place for everyone as we did before?

Emanuels seems to share the same opinion with many experts in the sports industry, as well as a few in the music industry that also has echoed his statement. While it remains to be seen if Emanuel is correct, it is safe to assume that large gatherings will be the last thing that returns to normal, and that might be a long wait.

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