Are Concerts Safe to Open?

Is it okay for COVID protocols?

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Samhita Mookerjee, Contributor

During the pandemic, many social events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. However because of the new vaccine others may think differently. There are certainly some pros and some cons to concerts being reopened. In fact, some concerts in different areas around the world are starting to reopen. So that leaves the question of, are concerts safe to open?

PROS

Despite the ongoing pandemic, vaccines have started to deliver to homes all across the country. However that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be safety precautions. According to the NYC Times it states, “President Biden has promised to administer 100 million vaccines by his 100th day in office.” This means vaccine distributions are in progress, 100 million people is ⅓ of the population in the United States of America. In addition to this the rise in cases has been dropping, on January 8, 2021 there were 274,627 cases, compared to the 16th of February there were 52,342 cases. That’s a massive decrease. 

CONS

Despite this being good news, people still need to social distance about six feet apart from one another. This usually isn’t possible in large open stadiums or stages for concerts. According to the Los Angeles Times News it states, “If 1% of the population has COVID-19 and half are asymptomatic, that’s 250 people in a stadium of 50,000, all touching chairs, eating food, talking and jumping and shouting. Is there a better place for spreading disease?” asked bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.” This as a matter of fact is a fair point to consider, most people in concerts or stadiums won’t be able to social distance. They’ll all be sharing seats, jumping, and talking. Also another fact to take into consideration is masks. According to a news source it states, “Dr Fauci says it’s ‘possible’ CDC will recommend Americans wear TWO masks to protect against coronavirus – but will need to do more research.” Even though it’s not shown yet if people will need to wear two masks, it’s certainly a possibility. To add on, wearing one mask is what people are normally accustomed to, however it may not be as effective. Taking this into consideration, the chance of spread is at large. 

Should Concerts Open?

Based on the evidence from above, it would certainly be a risk opening concerts. There is a massive decrease in cases, but then again numbers can rise or drop down. As well as that people can’t really social distance in a stadium or concert hall. According to Lauren Steussy, writer in the New York post states, “Concerts are not the riskiest endeavors in the age of COVID-19, according to a new study out of Germany.” This information states that concerts are certainly not the most risky to open at the moment. However due to Covid precautions and safety hazards it’s best if concerts do not open. In other words, it’s getting safer but there are quite a few risks. 

 

Sources: Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout: State by State – The New York Times (nytimes.com) Credits of cases: CDC Coronavirus predictions for artists and live music scene – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) Dr. Fauci Just Said How Many Masks to Wear | News Break Indoor concerts are safe from COVID-19 — with a catch, study says (nypost.com)

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