As some businesses begin reopening in certain states over the next week, analysts for three of the biggest crowd-drawing activities in the country say it may be a while before you enjoy your favorite form of entertainment in person.
Here’s what we’re hearing:
Disneyland and Walt Disney World are expected to open Jan. 1.
Disneyland and Disney World originally shut down due to coronavirus on March 12, to comply with state and local guidelines for social distancing. While Disney hasn’t announced any reopen date yet, some industry watchers think both parks could be operating this summer.
But the effects of the outbreak will continue to haunt crowd-drawing places and events while the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, and a recent report from UBS financial analyst John Hodulik said that his company is operating with the assumption that the parks will reopen Jan. 1.
Plus, if Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti follows through with a potential ban on gathering “in the thousands” until 2021, that could certainly trickle into the Orange County-located Disneyland park.
College Football and the NFL may be delayed until 2021.
The first-ever virtual NFL Draft drew record numbers of viewers on April 23, but while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is prepared to play as scheduled this fall, the season could be delayed or even canceled until 2021.
Kirk Herbstreit, an analyst who has covered football for ESPN/ABC for 25 years, told ESPN Radio that he’d be “shocked” if the NFL or NCAA play football this fall. He said that without a viable vaccine ready until 2021 at the earliest, “I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up…”
If you’re missing football, though, you could always take advantage of the free NFL GamePass and watch games from the past season.
Signs point to a Broadway 2021 reopening.
In an interview with Deadline, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said that she expects shows in the New York theatre district to reopen in early summer. New York City, however, continues to be the hardest-hit city by the coronavirus pandemic.
Most theatre festivals and concerts in various cities have already been canceled or postponed to late 2020 or early 2021. National tours are on hiatus, and even the Tony Awards have been postponed from their original June 7 scheduled date.
St. Martin said there are still a lot of questions surrounding a Broadway reopening, including financial ones (she said it would take $1 million per show to get up and running) and personnel ones (some cast members may not want to come back).
But bigger than that, she said they won’t restart only to shut down again: “We’re not going to come back until we feel relatively comfortable that if the virus decides to come back, we’ll have better testing and better medicine.”
Is that June? Experts don’t think so. But, hey, if you’re missing Broadway, there’s a streaming service for that (see Tip #31).