Dr Fauci predicts concert halls and theaters could return in the fall
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While putting your hopes on an optimistic prediction that depends on a more rapid deployment of the vaccine That we have during the holiday season it’s up to you, Dr Anthony Fauci weighed in when he thinks concert halls and theaters might reopen. At this moment–which is obviously subject to change–Fauci thinks they could reopen their doors in “sometime in the fall of 2021. ”
Note that this forecast takes into account that when venues reopen, participants will almost always need to wear masks and social distancing, and additional precautions may be required in poorly ventilated indoor venues. It also depends on a large part of the population (estimated between 70 and 85 percent) get vaccinated by then.
Configure your expectations accordingly.
As reported by The New York Times, Fauci’s comments came on Saturday at a virtual conference hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. He’s a doctor and I’m nobody, so the best thing to do here seems to be to include his full quote without a lot of transition sentences.
As he said of the 70-85% vaccination rate leading to a return of entertainment:
If all goes well, this [will] happen in the fall of 2021, so by the time we get to the beginning or the middle of fall, people feel safe on stage as well as people in the audience… I think you can start then to return to almost full seating capacity. We’ll be back in theaters – artists will perform, audiences will benefit. It will happen.
While this could being good news for people with a social life, it is also undoubtedly a prediction on which the owners of these places are crossing their fingers. As clearly stated Variety, many venues have been closed since March 2020. In an effort to at least mitigate the blow of these financial losses, the Save Our Stages Act has set aside nearly $ 10 billion for independent concert halls across America .
The law was part of the broader COVID-19 relief bill that was passed in late December.
As noted above, Fauci’s comments also touched on the ventilation issues that some sites may experience. He cited a German study, conducted in August, of an indoor concert that said these events had little impact on the spread of the virus if ventilation is adequate, and that there is limited capacity / protocols. strict hygiene standards in place. The temperature Also writes that Fauci said the sites could follow the airline industry’s path and force those who come to show they provide a negative test result to actually get inside.