When Will It Be Safe to Sit in a Theater Without a Mask?

Broadway and West End theaters have been closed since mid-March.

By Paul Riegler on 12 September 2020
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, said that will be “well into 2021” before life in the United States begins to resemble life prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci said Friday in an interview on MSNBC.

And when it comes to going into a theater or concert hall without a mask, that is likely to be more than a year away.  Broadway and West End theaters as well as many others have been closed since mid-March.

“If we get a really good vaccine and just about everybody gets vaccinated, you’ll have a degree of immunity in the general community that I think you can walk into a theater without a mask and feel like it’s comfortable that you’re not going to be at risk,” Dr. Fauci said in an interview with actress Jennifer Garner on Instagram Live on Wednesday.

On Friday, Dr. Fauci noted how a theater is a high-risk environment because it is indoors and sealed tightly.

To explain why he cites a 2021 timeline, he said that, even after a vaccine has been shown to work and be safe, its distribution to millions of people around the country would take significant time.

“I believe we will have a vaccine that will be available by the end of this year, the beginning of next year, but by the time you mobilize the distribution of the vaccinations and you get the majority or more of the population vaccinated and protected, that’s likely not going to happen until the mid or end of 2021,” Dr. Fauci said.

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