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Post COVID-19, When And How Should We Approach Reopening Large Venues?




The marquee and a sign at an entrance to the shuttered MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip display hopeful messages as a result of the statewide shutdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus across the United States on April 2, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The marquee and a sign at an entrance to the shuttered MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip display hopeful messages as a result of the statewide shutdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus across the United States on April 2, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Although shelter-in-place might seem like it will last forever, there will come a point when public safety measures will be relaxed and even large venues will be reopened. 

From a safety standpoint, when will large venues be ready for that? What about something as large as Las Vegas? What markers should we watch out for? And what kind of practices will be required to safely ease back into normal life? 

We talk about what a return to post-COVID-19 life might look like, with Hal Kempfer, a former Marine intelligence officer who was part of the team that did the baseline training for North American military pandemic preparedness, as well as infectious disease specialist at USC, Dr. Edward Jones-Lopez. 

Guests: 

Hal Kempfer, CEO of GRIP (Global Risk Intelligence and Planning), a management consulting firm based in Long Beach; former Marine intelligence officer who was part of the team that did the baseline training for North American military pandemic preparedness

Edward Jones-Lopez, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at Keck Medicine of USC and epidemiologist