From music events like Coachella, Glastonbury and Eurovision to major sporting tournaments including the 2020 Euros and the Olympics, hundreds of large scale gatherings have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing rules.
While most of these events have been rescheduled for late 2020 and 2021, experts are now expressing their concern over whether or not it would be too soon (and too dangerous) to allow thousands of people to be in such close proximity.
In a roundtable discussion for The New York Times discussing whether or not it would be ethical to re-open the American economy within the next few months, healthcare expert Zeke Emanuel warns that concerts, festivals and sporting events, may not return until “fall 2021 at the earliest”.
So far, major events like the Olympics and the 2020 Euro football tournament have been rescheduled to 2021. Eurovision, BST Hyde Park (where Taylor Swift was scheduled to bring her Lover tour) and Glastonbury have been cancelled, with tickets for the UK festival rolling over to 2021.
Billie Eilish, My Chemical Romance, BTS and countless other bands have either cancelled or postponed their tours too.
Some events, however, have simply postponed until later in the year. Coachella is currently set to go ahead in October, and the Cannes Film Festival is looking to reschedule to July.
Broadway and the West End closed their doors in March and are expected to reopen their doors within a few months.
Of course, all that depends on just how safe it is for us all to gather in large crowds while cases of COVID-19 are still being transmitted. The fact of the matter is, it will likely be a while before we will see life return to “normal”.