While many of us are eyeing fall 2020 as the return of concerts and festivals, a health expert has told the New York Times it could be much longer. In an article about “restarting America,” the Times talk to bioethicist Zeke Emanuel. Although he states that stay-at-home restrictions could begin to start easing up by June 2020, the process of returning to social life as we remember it could be very drawn out.
This is the quote from Emanuel that has many people talking:
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. I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.
This estimation comes from the idea of restarting our economy in a step-by-step basis. Large gatherings, according to Manuel, will be at the bottom of the list. We all know that large-scale events pose the highest risk when it comes to spreading the coronavirus. The return of the events would understandably be pretty low on the list of priorities for us to function again as a society. Hearing someone claim it could take so long is certainly jarring, however.
It’s only been around a month since the U.S. has started taking drastic stay-at-home measures to “flatten the curve.” Everyone has had to adapt, and the music industry in particular has been coming up with very unique ways to keep things going in the meantime. We’ve seen online festivals like Digital Mirage, hundreds of epic individual livestreams, and artists getting creative and coming with content of their own to share. Some my fail to recognize how wholesome these initiatives are, bringing music to hundreds of thousands of people who may not typically be able to attend a festival in person.
While we continue to wait out this pandemic, the industry will continue to adapt. We’ve already seen it happening in the short span of time we’ve been affected by it, and we’re looking forward to what artists, labels, and event brands are going to come up with next.