All those hoping to return to festival life may have to wait a whole year for it. This coming Fall 2020 is the current ideal time period for Coachella, EDC Las Vegas, and other festivals that had to move their dates because of the novel Coronavirus. No matter what the case, though, the timeline for society returning to normal largely depends on containing the spread of the virus and coming up with a vaccine.

Five panelists talked to the New York Times about this very subject, and Public Health expert Zeke Emanuel essentially projects large scale events of any sort to return for a long while.

“Restarting the economy has to be done in stages, and it does have to start with more physical distancing at a worksite that allows people who are at lower risk to come back,” he tells the times. “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.”

Emanuel details why it will be dangerous for local and state governments to try and reduce social distancing measures in an article he helped pen. “The result would be repeated waves of exponential transmission followed by lockdowns, wreaking havoc on the economy and peoples’ lives. It will be far more devastating to our economy—and to public health—to experience waves and waves of virus response rather than properly return to normal when it is truly safe.” According to the data he collected at the beginning of the month, only about 40-55% of Americans nationwide are following stay-at-home protocol to prevent the virus. Considering these festivals also bring in international travelers, the risk of a global resurgence of the virus is high as well.

The current Stay at home policies in LA is currently set to last until May 15th.


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