New York York Allows Live Performances in Summer 2021

Emily Donegan , Reporter


As we recently have rounded the one year anniversary since our country had to shut down due to the CoronaVirus pandemic, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

The New York Times reported New York is looking to resume live performances on April 2nd. These concerts will still have restrictions of 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. 

Group gathers together before covid to enjoy a concert. No social distancing restrictions were put in place here, unlike what we will experience in 2021. (Pixabay/Public Domain)

As of right now, many New York venues welcome the idea of having concerts to bring back a sense of normalcy, as well as bringing in money again. 

Some well known performers are looking at the situation a bit differently. Rolling Stone Magazine posted a quote of Taylor Swift saying, “Many of you hung onto your tickets, and I too hung onto the idea that we could reschedule,” after canceling her already postponed tour. 

Similar to how Swift feels, many people love the idea of bringing back concerts for this summer, but are nervous about the virus spiraling out of control again. Just as New York realizes that restrictions still need to be put in place in order for live music to become a reality in 2021, some other states are following their lead. 

Currently, Hershey Entertainment is looking to offer a couple of concerts, but are looking to have them later in the year in hopes that the vaccine for the Corona Virus has been distributed to many more people at that point. The current concerts on the books are Maroon 5 on September 5th, 2021 followed by Dan & Shay on December 4th, 2021.

The uncertainty of the pandemic does not allow for a black and white answer to the question of “What will concerts look like in 2021?”  But as New York opens up, and other states follow their lead, there is hope for live music this summer and the return of normalcy.