Should Firefly 2021 be canceled?

Many adjustments will need to be made in order to ensure music festival participant’s safety.

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Many adjustments will need to be made in order to ensure music festival participant’s safety.

The Firefly music festival in Dover, Del. has become a fun annual tradition for the past nine years. Students from local schools, including Decatur, participate yearly making it the hot-spot of the summer. Sadly due to the coronavirus, last year’s event was canceled, leaving fans wondering if they will get the chance to go the summer of 2021.

Junior Emma Berry states, “I was planning to go this summer with all of my friends. I’d be really sad if it gets canceled.” This would be Berry’s first time attending the festival, her expectations are high.

After periodically being on lockdown for the past year and having limited social lives, Firefly  would be a breath of fresh air and provide a sense of normalcy. Nearly all concerts have been canceled around the country as they present a high risk of spreading the virus, but this problem has potential to be fixed. Because Firefly is outside, the venue could be even farther extended leaving more room to socially distance. Masks could be required reducing the risks of contamination as well as decreasing the capacity.

Though it is possible to create a safe environment for the festival, participants must abide by the precautions. Because the festival is generally in the middle of June the warm weather will play a roll in this. People may be discouraged to wear, or keep their masks on. On the contrary, the increase of temperature will decrease the virus’ ability to thrive.

Another beneficial aspect of Firefly is that it is close in proximity to many students. In just over an hour you could be at the venue, joining friends at a reasonable cost. Compared to Coachella, a popular music festival held in Indio, California, the V.I.P. tickets are $300 cheaper.

Sophomore Grayce Killian has plans to go this upcoming summer and comments on the topic stating, “I have never been to a concert and this year will my first one, so I am crossing my fingers.” She also shares she has been looking forward to the event after hearing about others experiences.

National Public Radio states in an article regarding the progress of the vaccine, “Since vaccine distribution began in the U.S. on Dec. 14, more than 93 million doses have been administered, reaching 18.4 percent of the total U.S. population, according to federal data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Thereafter the rate of distribution has increased giving hope to greatly slow the spread of the virus. By June of this summer, a group of young-adults at low risk of mortality from the virus, following safety protocols, will be a much lower chance of danger than it would have been a year ago.