Despite outbreaks of Covid across the country and the disappointingly slow rollout of vaccines, Dr Anthony S. Fauci over the weekend reiterated his belief that live theaters could reopen in fall 2021.
Attending a virtual conference hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals on Saturday, Fauci said that depending on the vaccine rollout, the venues will reopen live “will occur sometime in the fall of 2021. ”
“From early to mid-autumn,” said the infectious disease expert, “you can make people feel safe on stage as well as people in the audience. “
Fauci’s comments were consistent with statements he made earlier last month, when he told NBC that a vaccine rollout this spring and early summer could allow Broadway to reopen its stages. by late summer or early fall.
As he pointed out in December, however, any reopening will depend on the spread of vaccinations. He said on Saturday that an effective level of herd immunity would mean 70 to 85 percent of the population would have received vaccines. Fauci warned, however, that the public can expect to continue wearing masks for the immediate future and that sites may consider requiring members of the public to show proof of negative Covid test results.
He also encouraged site owners to review ventilation systems and make appropriate improvements to airflow.