With Covid-19 Still Here, Are Theaters and Concerts Halls Worth the Risk?

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It’s been well over a year since the curtain closed on Broadway shows. You could hear a pin drop last summer in concert halls and arenas that were forced to shutter due to the pandemic. Covid-19 essentially pulled the plug on all large public gatherings, devastating the live entertainment industry. Today, thanks to the effectiveness of vaccines against coronavirus, theater and concerts are finally making a comeback. Tour buses are rolling, and Broadway’s long-awaited return is set for September. But should you buy tickets with Covid-19 still circulating? Good Housekeeping looked into whether it’s safe to attend live events if you have been vaccinated.

Prior to the vaccine development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had originally labeled concerts and other crowded events as high risk. That remains true if you have not been vaccinated. However, even if you have been vaccinated, officials say you might want to wear a face mask when attending public events, especially with the highly contagious delta variant spreading this summer. Medical experts say masks provide an added layer of protection against Covid-19 variants for those who have already received their shots. It’s probably also a good idea to bring hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to clean your seat.

Ultimately, you should use your best judgement before buying tickets. If you or a loved one is compromised or unable to be vaccinated, then you may want to wait a bit longer before returning to live entertainment venues. And, since children under 12 can not be vaccinated yet, you may also want to hold off in order to protect your grandkids. Remember, at the beginning of the pandemic, it was the younger generations who stayed home to protect you.

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