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COVID-19 Resource Roundup: June

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
    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.
  • Iowa
    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
    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.
  • Ohio
    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.

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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.

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