Trust Index: Could Central Florida reach herd immunity by fall?

Experts disagree on when herd immunity will happen

ORLANDO, Fla. – One of Central Florida’s largest venues is planning to re-open at full capacity in fall, but will the state or Central Florida have reached herd immunity with COVID-19 by then?

Herd immunity is defined as when enough people have either had the disease or been vaccinated against it, reducing the chance of the virus spreading.

When Billie Eilish hit the stage of Orlando’s Amway Center in March of 2020 it was the last time the 18,000-seat venue was at full capacity, but it could happen again this fall.

Craig Borkon is the deputy chief venues officer for Orlando and says the Amway Center has a full list of concerts and events scheduled starting in August.

“We could only make decisions based on what we know now, and plan for the future based on what we think the future is going to hold,” Borkon said.

There are plenty of big names in the line-up: Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Kane brown to name a few.

With more and more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19, city officials are looking forward.

“We’re working with all of the promotors and all of the event coordinators to make sure that when we have these events they’re safe and secure and people can come to the events without worrying about their health.”


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