The opening of Broadway continues to be pushed back, much to the dismay of theater-loving (or, really all) New Yorkers.
The latest was until May of 2021, but it seems like it may continue beyond that.
Still, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become one of the main reliable sources of pandemic information for Americans across the past year, was asked about the theater district on an interview with NBC New York this week, which gave us a clearer timeline.
First, he said Broadway and the return to “normal” would be completely dependent on how many people in New York in particular, and in the country (because NYC gets so many tourists), get vaccinated.
The vaccine is fortunately very efficacious, he explained, 94-95%. And, for the broad general public (not those at risk who will get it sooner, but 20 and 30-somethings with no underlying conditions), the vaccine will likely become available to them in April.
If 75-85% of the public does that as soon as they’re able, “You can get back to normal, or at least approaching normal, as you get into the late summer and early fall,” he said. “So it’s really going to be up to us, as a community, to realize that getting vaccinated is going to be the gateway to getting out of this dilemma that we’re in.”
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