When Can We Go To Our Next Concert?


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Concerts will hopefully make a comeback at the end of this year.

  Concerts are one of the many activities we have been forced to give up over the past year. While the thought of a large group gathering in one space seems out of reach anytime soon, we may be able to enjoy an exciting night of music in the near future. 

  Various governors from each state are taking their own approach to the issue. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently announced that starting March 1, limited crowds at venues with a capacity of 5,000 or less will be allowed. Governor Murphy says that social distancing and face coverings will still be required. The state of Kentucky has also reopened outdoor venues at half capacity. 

  Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina recently announced that starting February 26, arenas can hold events at 30% capacity. 

  Even though multiple states are becoming more flexible with their COVID restrictions in venues, large music events and tours that travel across the country do not seem likely anytime soon. 

  The Center for Disease Control and prevention has not given a definitive answer about venue restrictions for later this year, but for now, they urge Americans to not partake in large gatherings. In a press release updated February 18, 2021 the CDC recommends that, “You do not gather with people who do not live with you at this time. Attending events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”

  Artists such as The Weeknd, Harry Styles, and Billie Eilish have either put their previously scheduled tours on hold, or have already rescheduled them for late this year/mid-2022. Styles posted the schedule for his new tour dates to his social media with the caption, “The well-being of my crew, and all the fans around the world will always hold top priority. I can’t wait to see you all out on the road, as soon as it’s safe to do so.” 

  Sanderson senior Emmy Gattens purchased tickets to see Styles last year, and was quite disappointed with the necessary rescheduling. She said, “I had a lot of hope that I would be able to see him in late 2020, but as things got worse, I began to lose hope. While I am upset about the tour dates changing, I am hopeful that I will get to see him later this year.”  

  Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned in a conference on January 9, 2021 that live shows could possibly make a return in autumn of 2021, giving concert-goers a sense of optimism. Because the state of the U.S. is constantly changing, it is hard to give a definitive time-frame as to when concerts will become a part of the new normal for us; but there is no need to give up hope for late-2021. To keep track of the ever-changing concerts and festival dates, click here.