Bad News: Health Expert, Doctor, Says Concerts & Festivals Likely Won’t Return Until The Fall Of 2021

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A recent New York Times piece shed some light on events many of us are wondering about such as professional/collegiate sports (with fans), concerts, and festivals.

Harvard grad, oncologist, bioethicist and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Zeke Emanuel was asked about restarting the economy, and gave his expert opinion on the current COVID-19 pandemic in America…

Yes, 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.

Alright, makes sense…what else Zeke?

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.

That harsh reality hits you in the face like a bag of bricks.

Sure, things can change, and if the right actions are taken, maybe these events like concerts that give us a break from “real life” will return sooner than anticipated. it doesn’t look good, however.

It’s going to be a very different, and very strange, spring and summer. That much we know.

Stay safe. Stay smart. Cheers.

Here’s Chief at Red Rocks because why not.

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