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The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter

Since infections have declined from their peak in early January and more and more Americans are getting vaccinated, we’re seeing a definite increase in the percentage of people comfortable going to public places.

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Half of adults say they are now comfortable going out to eat at a restaurant. For out-of-home entertainment and arts, museums continue to exhibit the most comfort at 37% and concerts the least at 24%. Comfort for attending an amusement park is at an all-time pandemic high of 33%.

Maciej Boni, an epidemiologist at Penn State University, predicts that in the United States, 60% to 65% of adults could have some immunity from either infection or vaccination by the end of April. This should further reduce the infection rate. By the fall, he expects that number could be 70% or 80% of adults, not getting us to herd immunity, but resulting in a small winter surge concentrated primarily in people under 16 who can’t be vaccinated until sometime in early 2022 when vaccines are approved for that age group.

About Randy White

Randy White is CEO and co-founder of the White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group. The 31-year-old company, with offices in Kansas City, Missouri, has worked for over 600 clients in 37 countries throughout the world. Projects the company has designed and produced have won seventeen 1st place awards. Randy is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on feasibility, brand development, design and production of leisure experience destinations including entertainment, eatertainment, edutainment, agritainment/agritourism, play and leisure facilities.

Randy was featured on the Food Network's Unwrapped television show as an eatertainment expert, quoted as an entertainment/edutainment center expert in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times and Time magazine and received recognition for family-friendly designs by Pizza Today magazine. One of the company's projects was featured as an example of an edutainment project in the book The Experience Economy. Numerous national newspapers have interviewed him as an expert on shopping center and mall entertainment and retail-tainment.

Randy is a graduate of New York University. Prior to repositioning the company in 1989 to work exclusively in the leisure and learning industry, White Hutchinson was active in the retail/commercial real estate industry as a real estate consultancy specializing in workouts/turnarounds of commercial projects. In the late 1960s to early 1980s, Randy managed a diversified real estate development company that developed, owned and managed over 2.0 million square feet of shopping centers and mixed-use projects and 2,000 acres of residential subdivisions. Randy has held the designations of CSM (Certified Shopping Center Manager) and Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

He has authored over 150 articles that have been published in over 40 leading entertainment/leisure and early childhood education industry magazines and journals and has been a featured speaker and keynoter at over 40 different conventions and trade groups.

Randy is the editor of his company's Leisure eNewsletter, has a blog and posts on Twitter and Linkedin.

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