Safe In Sound: A Reopening Checklist For The Live Entertainment Industry
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Live entertainment venues, an economy nearly destroyed by the
COVID-19 pandemic, are finally re-opening around the country and
must consequently adapt to varying state restrictions for holding
indoor events. Despite being able to reopen, many venues will remain closed
until regulations and capacity maximums are relaxed, reasoning that
such restrictions make reopening financially implausible.
The coming months will see live entertainment venues opening in
waves, some for the first time in well over a year. Those working
in this industry and have weathered the pandemic’s devastating
effects on their businesses need practical, actionable guidance on
which CDC-recommended health precautions to take and how to
implement them, to ensure audiences attend live events safely, and
another outbreak does not shutter their doors again.
As a follow up to the Reopening Guidelines
released and updated last year, the Event Safety Alliance and the
National Independent Venue Association have partnered with the
Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Coalition of
Performing Arts Centers, and National Independent Talent
Organization to develop “Safe in Sound: A Reopening Checklist
for the Live Entertainment Industry” as a source of digestible
information for venue staff, patrons, and performers.
Download the checklist for free here.
While the information in the checklist has been vetted by the
CDC, businesses should continue to work in conjunction with local
authorities and health departments to stay current on local health
conditions and regulations. Venue owners, staff, promoters, and
other stakeholders should tailor their operations and risk
mitigation efforts in accordance with the unique factors they face,
including geographic location, size of staff, layout, and capacity
of the venue.
The checklist is by no means an exhaustive resource –
numerous legal issues will continue to develop and impact various
industries for the foreseeable future. Follow Sheppard Mullins’
Coronavirus Insights or industry specific channels for
up to date information.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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