Dr. Anthony Fauci has some very bad news for theater lovers.
In a recent Instagram Live chat with actress Jennifer Garner, the top coronavirus expert said it will most likely remain unsafe to sit in a theater until a year after a vaccine is released, according to TheatreMania.
“When are we going to be able to sit in a theater and watch our favorite performers up on stage again,” Garner asks Fauci in the interview.
“I think it’s going to be a combination of a vaccine that has been around for almost a year and good public-health measures,” he replied.
“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 aren’t going to be at risk,” Fauci said.
Though the CDC has said they hope to have a coronavirus vaccine ready by November or December, Fauci has said it is unlikely that the vaccine will be ready until early next year.
Even then, it will be distributed to frontline personal and public officials before becoming available to the general public, writes Business Insider.
Broadway and other theaters have been shuttered since March.