Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said that “if everything goes right,” live concert could return “some time in the fall of 2021.”
According to The New York Times, Dr. Fauci and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals held a virtual conference on Saturday (Jan. 9) with entertainment industry personnel. During the conference Fauci gave a very vague timeline of when theaters and venues may reopen, dependent upon the vaccination rollout and mask compliance. As he suggested that audiences still be required to wear masks for some time.
“If everything goes right, this is will occur some time in the fall of 2021,” Dr. Fauci said, “so that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience.”
Per The New York Times, Fauci continued to say that “if the vaccine distribution succeeded, theaters with good ventilation and proper air filters might not need to place many restrictions for performances by the fall — except asking their audience members to wear masks, which he suggested could continue to be a norm for some time.”
“I think you can then start getting back to almost full capacity of seating. We’ll be back in the theaters — performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it. It will happen,” Fauci added.
He also said that venues could imitate the rules at U.S. airlines, which would require audience members to provide negative test results in order to gain admittance to the concert or event.
Here’s to hoping we can have concerts this year (2021) to help brighten our spirits.