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(05/03/2021)

-COVID Update, March 3, 2021: Moving Too Fast?

COVID Update, March 3, 2021: Moving Too Fast?

There's plenty of good news -- more vaccines, more opportunities for inoculations, some uptick in the economy, and signs of life in the live events industry. As we go to press, 54 million Americans have received at least one dose of a ...More

(26/02/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, February 26, 2021: Change of Mood

COVID-19 Update, February 26, 2021: Change of Mood

At last, real signs of progress have emerged against the coronavirus. Things are looking so good that new fears are arising that people will too quickly cast off the necessary restrictions. Still 46 million Americans have gotten at least ...More

(19/02/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, February 19, 2021: Snow Days

COVID-19 Update, February 19, 2021: Snow Days

COVID-19 Update, February 19, 2021: Snow Days A rough week, with much of the country in a deep freeze that has caused a snag in the vaccination process. Still, progress is being made, with a number of interesting developments happening on ...More

(12/02/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, February 12, 2021: Vaccines vs. Variants

COVID-19 Update, February 12, 2021: Vaccines vs. Variants

It's one of those weeks. News about variants of the coronavirus -- from the UK, South Africa, and elsewhere are a justifiable source of worry. Still, even if all vaccines aren't created equal when it comes to dealing with variants, there ...More

(05/02/2021)

-COVID Update, February 5, 2021: Blue Skies?

COVID Update, February 5, 2021: Blue Skies?

We're not ones to paint the clouds with sunshine, but indications are beginning to appear suggesting an end to the pandemic is in sight. To be sure, the infection and death rates are still grotesquely, unacceptably high. Still, as of ...More

(29/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, January 29, 2021: The Industry Leans In

COVID-19 Update, January 29, 2021: The Industry Leans In

COVID-19 Update, January 29, 2021: The Industry Leans In Events are moving quickly, as the Biden Administration ramps up the vaccination process and introduces its pandemic relief bill. Meanwhile, the live events industry takes action, ...More

(22/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, January 22, 2021: The Federal Blitz

COVID-19 Update, January 22, 2021: The Federal Blitz

Now it gets interesting. With President Biden coming in, a flurry of new regulations follows designed to boost vaccinations, increase testing, and producer more protective gear. And not a moment too soon: The numbers of the infected are ...More

(15/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, January 15, 2020: The $2 Trillion Dollar Plan

COVID-19 Update, January 15, 2020: The $2 Trillion Dollar Plan

It was an extraordinary, even heartbreaking week, with Washington, DC convulsed by violence and controversy, followed by the second impeachment of the president. At the same time, the pandemic continues unabated, bringing states like ...More

(08/01/2021)

-COVID Update, January 8, 2020: Strange Days

COVID Update, January 8, 2020: Strange Days

It's been one of the strangest weeks in American history, with the eyes of the world riveted on (and appalled by) the spectacle of hooligans invading and defiling the US Capitol. But as we pick up the pieces and debates rage about ...More

(05/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, December 22, 2020: Progress

COVID-19 Update, December 22, 2020: Progress

We still have plenty of problems, and the spread of COVID-19 continues at an unacceptable rate, but at last, we're seeing progress on several fronts. The admittedly inadequate pandemic relief bill will help many during the holidays and ...More

(05/01/2021)

-COVID-19 Update, December 23, 2020: Hold Your Horses

COVID-19 Update, December 23, 2020: Hold Your Horses

Nothing is simple: Just when Congress finally -- finally -- passed a bill with the minimum of relief the pandemic-struck country needs, the president -- who was disengaged during negotiations -- decides that the included stimulus ...More

(21/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 21, 2020: Turning Point

COVID-19 Update, December 21, 2020: Turning Point

At last, Congress pulls it together and passes a pandemic relief bill. No, it is not perfect: It includes the Save Our Stages Act, which is important, but not the RESTART Act, which is crucial. But the work will continue in the new year ...More

(18/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 18, 2020: Christmas Wishes

COVID-19 Update, December 18, 2020: Christmas Wishes

Hopes are high for a pandemic relief bill from a newly motivated Congress, even if both sides have had to make painful concessions to get there. It's just a down payment, of course, and more will be needed in 2021, but at least people ...More

(17/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 17, 2020: Going Down to the Wire

COVID-19 Update, December 17, 2020: Going Down to the Wire

It's going to be a squeaker, but it appears that both sides are coming together to provide pandemic relief. Meanwhile, hospitals everywhere are hard-hit, no more so than in California, which things are rapidly turning chaotic. The big ...More

(16/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 16, 2020: In the Tunnel

COVID-19 Update: December 16, 2020: In the Tunnel

As Governor Gavin Newsom has remarked, there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but we're still in the tunnel. The good news is, real movement finally appears to be happening on the pandemic relief front, in part because of the ...More

(15/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 15, 2020: And Now Moderna

COVID-19 Update: December 15, 2020: And Now Moderna

Events are beginning to pick up the pace: As the Pfizer vaccine rolls out nationwide, the FDA signs off on the efficacy of the Moderna vaccine; as soon as the expected FDA signoff happens, we'll have new weapons in the armory. Meanwhile, ...More

(14/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: December 14, 2020: The Big Rollout Begins

COVID-19 Update: December 14, 2020: The Big Rollout Begins

And we're off: The Pfizer vaccines are being delivered around the country and the first vaccinations begin. It might be irrational exuberance but HHS' Alex Azar thinks healthy Americans will be start getting vaccinated by late February; ...More

(11/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 11, 2020: Help is On the Way

COVID-19 Update, December 11, 2020: Help is On the Way

The Pfizer vaccine is racing through the approval process in the US, with the first vaccines due to arrive in certain cities as early as the beginning of next week. And not a moment too soon: The next 60 days are likely to be the most ...More

(10/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 10, 2020: The Deadliest Day

COVID-19 Update, December 10, 2020:  The Deadliest Day

Winter is here: The US hits a new high in daily COVID-19 deaths; let's hope this headline doesn't go out of date. The stress is being felt everywhere, in devastated communities, soaring unemployment, stressed-out healthcare workers, and ...More

(09/12/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, December 9, 2020: The Global Rollout

COVID-19 Update, December 9, 2020: The Global Rollout

It was, according to the headline in the New York Daily News, "the shot felt round the world," as the UK kicked off what will become global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. (The New York Post, noting that the first man to get ...More

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