Entertainment happens in gathering places, which is what officials are trying to discourage to combat the novel coronavirus.
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March, few people could have imagined a world without places to go for entertainment: no amusement parks, no multiplexes for movies, no theaters or festival grounds for concerts, no casinos.
But not only did all those venues close, most haven’t reopened. And as we head into fall, no one knows when they will come back.
They are part of what Adam Fowler, director of research for Beacon Economics, calls the creative economy.
“They are just on ice at the moment,” he said in a phone interview. “And there has not been quite the focus as there has been for other industries. Think about airlines and hospitality, those kinds of things.”
Under California’s new color-coded guidelines for reopening, indoor entertainment venues are classified as nonessential. In Southern California, most counties are rated as having…