7 Things That Are Impossible to Do Anytime Soon
Concerts, weddings, and travel will remain off-limits even as lockdown orders are lifted.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many things about our lives, from social distancing to wearing face masks. And while lockdown orders begin to ease in certain parts of the country and some states are reopening things like retail stores and restaurants, other activities will continue to be off-limits for a while. From indoor concerts to large weddings, these are the things the coronavirus will probably make impossible for the foreseeable future.
Going to concerts
When COVID-19 hit hard in March, most concerts were cancelled or postponed until after the summer. However, many people believe that concerts may not come back at all until 2021. But if artists are able to perform this year, it's highly unlikely they'll be able to do so at indoor venues.
Karly Tuckness, co-founder of Four Leaf Productions, told USA Today that physical distancing will be hard to enforce and achieve at large concerts. And while concert organizers may be able to make more space at outdoor venues, the option to do so indoors is much more limited. What's more, experts say the air ventilation needed to reduce the spread of coronavirus is easier to achieve outside than it is inside a packed building. And for more things that will change after lockdown, check out the 5 Things You'll Never See in Your Office Again After Coronavirus.
Attending large weddings
While many people want to gather all their friends and family for their big day, Kim Hefner, owner of Wild and Found photography, a company specializing in weddings, says she probably won't be able to photograph larger weddings anytime soon.
"The governor of Illinois recently announced that their planned phases of reopening would not allow for gatherings larger than 50 people until a vaccine for COVID-19 is available," she says. "With this in mind, we may see couples shift to other alternatives, such as a smaller wedding or an elopement, with perhaps a larger celebration or reception in the future."
The New York Times reports that many countries, including the United States, have issued a Level 4 "do not travel" advisory, or have closed their borders to incoming travelers. Even as airline regulations start to stabilize, people may revert to domestic travel over international travel for some time. And for more about how travel will change, check out the 13 Things You May Never See on Airplanes Again After Coronavirus.
Visiting loved ones in nursing homes
Since the elderly are in the highest risk category for COVID-19, nursing home visits may be suspended for a while. In March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ban on nursing home visitors except in certain situations, like when a resident is near death. Many families are relying on virtual communication or the occasional window visit to keep in contact with their elderly loved ones. And for those most likely to have severe coronavirus symptoms, check out these 10 Mental Health Tips for People at High Risk for COVID-19.
Attending business conferences
Even if companies start returning to the office from their work-from-home setups, it's doubtful that large networking events or conferences will return anytime soon.
"The biggest activities that I see impacting the personal development market will be a lack of conferences, one of the main outlets for people who are trying to better themselves [and] network with other people who share their interests," says Preston Roach, founder of Progress Ninja, a personal development website. "This is going to be very difficult to do in person for the foreseeable future. A lot of people will have to connect through social media or email."
Going to nightclubs
While many people are joking about rejoining their friends at the bar or club once coronavirus ends, it's a highly improbable scenario. Even as states such as Georgia and Kansas reopen indoor-restaurant dining, CNN reports that bars and nightclubs remain closed. These type of nightlife establishments, which are often overly crowded, will most likely not return anytime soon, especially considering the fact that people under the influence of alcohol may be less likely to practice proper social distancing.
The future of cruises seems grim, especially since they were one of the things hit hardest by the coronavirus—in some cases, travelers were even forced to quarantine on their ship for weeks before they could leave.
According to Travel and Leisure, Mike Driscoll, editor-in-chief of industry newsletter Cruise Week, said that there are nearly 50 preparation measures necessary before cruise lines could even thinking about reopening. These include crew training, a system for passenger health screenings, and determining what destinations are safe to visit.