Dr. Anthony Fauci says theaters and other live entertainment venues could reopen “some time in the fall of 2021.”
The director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provide up-to-date information on when he believes that the performing arts will be able to reopen during a virtual conference held by Association of Performing Arts Specialists.
According to The New York Times, Fauci said the country would have to reach an effective level of herd immunity, which requires vaccination of 70% to 85% of the population before theaters and other venues could reopen.
“If all goes well, it will happen in the autumn of 2021
Fauci continued that if vaccine distribution succeeds, well-ventilated theaters and appropriate air filters may not have to place many restrictions on performances until the fall – other than asking their audience members to wear masks, which he said could continue to be the case. norm foreseeable future.
Small live music and entertainment venues were hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic, with 90% of venue owners, promoters and reservists previously reporting the risk of closure without additional financial assistance and losses of around € 9 billion. dollars.
Last month, congressional leaders announced a new bill to ease COVID-19, which will include funding for independent music venues closed during the pandemic.
Speaker of the Chamber Nancy Pelosi and a minority leader in the Senate Chuck Sumer issued a statement saying the $ 900 billion stimulus deal bill included “$ 15 billion in special funding for live venues, independent cinemas and cultural institutions.”
Also in December, a concert post Pollstar published its report at the end of the year, which states that the total lost revenue for the live events industry in 2020 is more than $ 30 billion. This figure includes “unreported events, additional revenue, including sponsorship, tickets, concessions, goods, transport, restaurants, hotels and other economic activity related to live events”.
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