While many were hoping to return to theaters sooner rather than later, Dr. Anthony Fauci has suggested that it may be some time before we're able to see live performances again.
In response to a question from actress Jennifer Garner about when Americans can expect to return to theaters, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said something that worried some.
"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. I would think by the time we get to the end of 2021 - maybe even the middle of 2021," he said.
He added that a vaccine that's "85 [to] 90% effective" would help people feel comfortable walking into a theater without a mask on. Additionally, he reiterates that "just about everybody gets vaccinated" before this can happen.
On September 3, President Trump suggested that a vaccine could be available as early as October, Fox reports.
Movie theaters, Broadway, and other in-person venues have taken a large hit in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic with many closed across the country. Some movie theaters have just begun reopening at limited capacity.
In the interview posted to Garner's Instagram page, Fauci went on to dismantle some rumors about how COVID-19 is caught. Shoppers don't necessarily have to worry about catching the virus through inanimate objects like groceries and packages.
He also added that people don't need to wear masks outside when they are not in close proximity to others.