Health Expert Warns Live Concerts May Not Return Until Fall 2021
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Health Expert Warns Live Concerts May Not Return Until Fall 2021

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Apr 14, 2020

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it looks like it will be a while before we can until live concerts are safe again.

A panel of COVID-19 experts gathered for a New York Times Magazine round-table to discuss a timeline for when America can re-open.

American Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an oncologist and bioethicist at the Center for American Progress, estimated that “larger gatherings” could safely resume in “fall 2021 at the earliest.”

“Restarting the economy has to be done in stages, and it does have to start with more physical distancing at a worksite that allows people who are at lower risk to come back,” he said. 

“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.”

Several music festivals around the world – including BST Hyde Park, Glastonbury, and Governors Ball have canceled their events.

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Meanwhile, musical events including, Coachella and J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival have been postponed until later in the year but it’s highly likely that the events will be delayed even further.