A Coronavirus Expert Thinks We Won't Have Live Music Again Until Fall 2021

BY Josiah HughesPublished Apr 13, 2020

It's been approximately a month since the response to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in cancelled events and people staying home, and while we're all starting to go a little stir-crazy. some experts are suggesting this will be the new normal for a while. 

The New York Times Magazine ran a lengthy story about the ins and outs of the coronavirus, and the topic of live music came up. Oncologist and bioethicist Zeke Emanuel (brother of former Chicago mayor/Obama chief of staff Rahm and Hollywood mogul Ari) suggested that events moved to late 2020 should not take place.

Here's the full section on live concerts:

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. I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically, we're talking fall 2021 at the earliest.

Of course, there are myriad ways this could all shake out and the news changes every day. Plus, we simply just don't want this to be true. Either way, it's probably best you get used to livestreaming for the time being. 


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