new poll says most people will avoid concerts & other live events till COVID-19 vaccine is available
The entertainment industry, at least the part that requires the public to show up somewhere to watch something en masse, came to a grinding halt when the coronavirus hit. While we long to go back to doing these things again, many of us will still be a little wary of standing shoulder to shoulder next to strangers for extended periods of time in the foreseeable future. As Stereogum pointed out, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released today, less than half of Americans plan on attending concerts, movies, sports events and amusement parks when they reopen to the public until there is a proven coronavirus vaccine. Way less, actually, according to the poll, only 27% of those questioned would go to a live concert or movie once venues reopen without a vaccine while 55% of Americans said those events should not resume before a vaccine is available.
As for that vaccine, experts think it's 12-18 months away at best. Most of Hollywood's big summer blockbusters have already been moved to the fall or 2021, and most tours and festivals though June, at least, have either been rescheduled or postponed with new dates TBA.
California Governor Gavin Newsom already said that concerts and other live audience events seemed unlikely before a vaccine.