If everything goes according to plan, concerts could return as soon as fall of this year, according to top U.S. health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During a virtual conference that took place this past weekend held by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Dr. Fauci was quoted saying the following:
If everything goes right, [concerts] will [return] some time in the fall of 2021. 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 … 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.
According to Fauci, One of the most important factors to providing a safe environment would be to implement effective ventilation systems in each venue. He went on to reference a specific German study that showed sufficient ventilation would help ensure low-to-very low transmission. He also mentioned that masks may be necessary until the population reaches herd immunity, which is about 70-80% of the population.