Support 2-STEPS to Reopening the Performing Arts

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The City is going to start processing permits for live outdoor music performances for audiences of up to 12 persons beginning on September 15 as part of its Special Gatherings Plan.

HOWEVER, this is not enough. We are asking DPH and the Mayor to TAKE TWO ADDITIONAL STEPS TO SAFELY RE-OPEN THE ARTS.

First, the new guidelines for outdoor music should allow all performing arts to take place (except those that are subject to further restrictions due to aerosol concerns). This includes outdoor theatre, dance and circus presentations.

Second, the allowed audience capacity should be greater than 12. We applaud the goal of increasing the number to 50 persons by the end of September. However rather than this being a fixed figure (some can be higher, others should be less), the allowed capacity should be subject to each permit recipient’s plan for the implementation of a proven method of safe audience management through a comprehensive Box Office operation.