Even as states reopen, guidance on how to safely hold events still varies widely. This week, we’ve compiled the latest arts-sector specific reopening guides from across our region to help connect you to best practices and solid safety advice.
Photo: Touring Fund Q&A with University of Iowa School of Music and Cinema Studies students. Photo by Miriam Alarcón Avila, courtesy of Hancher Auditorium.
Regional Reopening Information
- See How All 50 States Are Reopening
This interactive New York Times resource gives a snapshot view on each state’s reopening status and COVID-19 case rate, along an overview of the entertainment sectors that have officially reopened in the state.
- Midwest: Coronavirus-Related Restrictions By State
This recently-updated NPR article tracks COVID-19 restrictions and recent news in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
State-Specific Reopening Information
*States marked with an asterisk have created industry-specific guidelines for safely reopening the arts and entertainment sector.
- Illinois *
Illinois is now allowing gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. They’ve rolled out some of the most extensive arts-industry specific guidelines we’ve seen in the region, with in-depth guidelines for best practices and a full toolkit of tools, checklists customized for museums, theaters, performing arts, and more.
Indiana cultural, entertainment, tourism sites, and venues may now be open at 50% capacity. General guides to reopening can be found on the Indiana Back on Track website.
As of June 12, 2020, Gov. Reynolds has lifted the limitation of 50% operating capacity that had been placed on Iowa businesses, including venues. General guides to reopening can be found on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.
Michigan venues can currently allow customers to 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever results in fewer people. General guides to reopening can be found on the Michigan Safe Start Plan website.
- Minnesota *
Non-critical sector Minnesota businesses and employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 preparedness plan prior to reopening. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has created industry-specific guidelines for safely reopening indoor entertainment venues and seated entertainment venues.
- North Dakota
Recommend capacity in venues is currently 75%. General guides to reopening can be found on the North Dakota Smart Restart website.
Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, performance theatres, and indoor concert and music halls remain closed. General guides to reopening can be found on the Responsible RestartOhio website.
- South Dakota
No South Dakota businesses were required to close. Business are encouraged to consider South Dakota Back To Normal as they resume normal operations.
- Wisconsin *
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has created industry-specific guidelines for safely reopening the entertainment and amusement sector.
In Case You Missed It
Recap: Disruption & Innovation: Creative Performing Arts Responses to COVID-19
Arts Midwest and The Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences (APAC)* gathered voices across the performing arts field on May 27 to share how organizations are innovating during COVID-19. Watch the webinar, read about some key takeaways from the conversation, and download a free resource guide below.
Announcing the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund
The United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund is a national recovery initiative helping under-resourced arts and culture organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis, The fund will award grants of $30,000 – $75,000 to organizations in the Midwest, prioritizing organizations that are led by and serving people of color and Indigenous people, and/or led by and serving people from rural communities. Anyone may nominate an arts organization to receive an award by filling out a simple online form before July 8th, 2020.