Published Jan 11, 2021We're starting to forget what life was like before concerts were exclusively livestreamed, but that could change this year. After all, the United States' chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci seems pretty optimistic that concerts could return to America this fall as the coronavirus vaccine is distributed across the nation.
In a new interview Fauci spoke at a conference for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals on the weekend. As the New York Times reports, he seems to think Americans might be able to return to concerts this year. Of course, that hinges on 70 to 85 percent of the American population being vaccinated.
Discussing the reopening of concert halls and venues, Fauci said, "If everything goes right, this is will occur 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 on stage, as well as people in the audience."
He added that venues might even be able to "start getting back to almost full capacity of seating," pointing to tests done in Germany that suggested there was a "low to very low" risk of audiences contracting the disease if they followed guidelines.
"We'll be back in the theatres – performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it. It will happen," Fauci said.
Hell, we may not even need that coronavirus-proof clubwear after all.