Stir-crazed youth will demand all that is pent up caused by the lockdown.
Although Coachella was postponed from April to October, it and other festivals and large gatherings probably won’t go off until next year. Sleeping in porta potties and molly induced hugs for everybody are a no-go for now. With virtually no commercial events to entertain this summer and a bottled-up need for face-to-face interaction, the youth will resort to old fashioned booze and bong fueled parties.
California will lead the way out of the Crises.
California escaped the C-19 Crises with relatively few deaths, but sustained record unemployment. New York led the world for C-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths; and its economy collapsed. No one is traveling to New York New York until they get the vaccine. California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, however, is positioned for a Roaring Twenties style comeback. As countries around the world edge toward ending lockdowns and restarting economies and societies, California will experience economic prosperity with a cultural, social and artistic edge as the Bay Area and L.A. will rival New York’s former dynamism.
But not everything will roar.
Like in all recessions, laid off workers will need to find new jobs or get rehired at their former. Some older workers will be forced into early retirement because it will be impossible for them to find another job. Restaurants and bars will struggle to adapt to the new world order as creating more space between bar stools and tables will make them less profitable. Hollywood must go on, even if the fear of sitting in a crowded, enclosed theater forces studios to focus more on streaming and on demand films.
C-19 killed less than 100 Americans under age 20.
Younger Californians will be the first to return to normalcy. Recent images of defiant spring breakers on Florida beaches illustrate America’s youths’ lack of fear of the Virus. They are tired of their individual sacrifices for the sake of the elderly. They are getting sick of making and watching TiKTok videos, and “attending” online school classes. The stifled need for physical fun will unleash. The summer of 2020 will be the summer of youth, and it will be wild and richly deserved.