As U.S. experts have warned that concerts won’t go head until maybe 2021, California’s governor says that they won’t return until there’s a vaccine against COVID-19.
This year has been a major bummer. At first, only a select few large concerts and festivals became cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Then, smaller gigs were given the boot. Once it hit mid-March, even pub-based gigs were halted.
As music fans await to hear when their sought after cancelled gigs will be rescheduled, it looks like we might be without live shows for even longer than predicted, especially if you’re Californian, as the governor of the West-coast state has said that concerts will not go ahead until a vaccine is readily available.
“The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine,” governor Gavin Newsom stated in a press conference.
“So, large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers, all together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations,” he explained.
With many concerts already seeing rescheduling dates as early as July and August, Newsom noted that “when you suggest June, July, August, it is unlikely.”
Although we know that you all are itching to get back into the live scene, or simply have your jobs restored with live gigs, sadly by expert health opinions and government advice, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get sweaty and roughed up at the front of a Bad//Dreems mosh pit or sing along to the beautiful melodies of Tones And I live at any point, soon.
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As healthcare expert Dr. Emanuel of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania notes, we probably won’t get to that point where we used to be for quite some time.
“Restaurants where you can space tables out, maybe sooner. 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?”