In a recent discussion hosted by New York Times, bioethicist and professor of healthcare management Zeke Emanuel answered the question of “If we have to restart the economy step by step, not all at once, does that mean deciding whether a workplace can do social distancing safely?” with a response that the music industry definitely didn’t want to hear.
“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. 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.” Emanuel answered. “I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.”
Telling New York Times that “Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest” for large gathering such as concerts, festivals and sporting events.