The Professor advised the New York Times newspaper: “Larger gatherings – conferences, concerts, sporting events – when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility.
“I feel these issues would be the final to return. Realistically we’re speaking fall 2021 on the earliest.”
Several high-profile music festivals, including Glastonbury, have already been cancelled due to the pandemic.
Glatonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis explained at the time: “We are so sorry to announce this however Glastonbury 2020 can have to be cancelled and this shall be an enforced fallow year for the competition.
“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following new government measures announced this week – and in times of unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.
“We very a lot hope that the scenario within the UK can have improved by the top of June.
“But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months here with the thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields…”