How’s that withdrawal from live shows going? It’s been a tough adjustment for the concert goer as well as bands, well, buckle up, because according to a medical expert, we could be settling in for a very long wait before live shows or sporting events are back to where they used to be.
One of the key advisors to the Affordable Care Act and the World Health Organization, Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, told The New York Times that it might be another 18 months before mass public gatherings will be feasible.
Dr Emmanuel said, “Restarting the economy has to be done in stages, and it does have to start with more physical distancing at a work site,” 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 — I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021.”
Entertainers, crew and other workers in the industry have already lost billions of dollars as a result of COVID-19-related cancelations. As the world continues to practice social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, what we’ve been seeing in recent weeks is a number of artists taking to social media with virtual concerts from their homes. It’s given the fan and the artist a chance to stay somewhat connected.
Public health experts have expressed concern over people underestimating how long the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt everyday life. In addition, Dr. Emmanuel spoke about the fear that opening things up too soon could create more problems: “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?”