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Health expert estimates festivals might not return until 2021

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The question that all music lovers and festival-goers are asking. When will I be going to a festival again? Well, the answer is probably not going to make you smile, and you should probably put those festival outfits in the back closet. In an article from the New York Times, bioethicist Zeke Emanuel weighed in on the issue.

“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.”

It looks like all the festivals that are postponed until the fall of 2020 such as EDC and Coachella, might have to be postponed or canceled until the following year. On the topic of partly reopening our economy in June, Zeke Emanuel said he was also not wildly optimistic.

“We still don’t have a consistent shelter-in-place policy nationally; there are too many exceptions allowed in different states. We haven’t normalized things like wearing masks outside. We need infrastructure for testing in real time, so you don’t get results 5 or 6 or 7 days later. We need real contact tracing that uses technology so that you can do it very rapidly. Getting the ball rolling on this, I’m concerned about.”

What can we do now? Follow the guidelines that are posted by the CDC, stop visiting and hanging out with friends that do not live with you, wash your hands, and stay six feet apart from others whenever you’re out in public. Hopefully, with everyone following the rules, we will be stepping back to our lives sooner than planned!

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