Entertainment, Arts & Culture, Auctions

Mass Gatherings- Effective June 1st thru June 17th, mass gatherings of more than 10 people may be held under the following conditions:

Spiritual and religious gatherings (including funerals and weddings):

  • are allowed so long as the establishments implement social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures consistent with IDPH guidance.

Drive-in theaters: A drive-in movie theater may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that the theater ensures that all cars are parked at least six feet apart and takes other reasonable measures under the circumstances of each theater to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

Movie Theaters: Any theater at which motion pictures are shown may reopen or remain open, but only to the extent that the theater complies with the following requirements:.
(1)    Capacity limited: The theater must limit the number of patrons present in any individual theater to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups.
(2)     Social distancing: The theater must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone when seated in the theater.
(3)    Self-service prohibited: The theater must not have any self-service of food.
(4)    Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The theater shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each theater to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Outdoor Performance Venues: An outdoor theater or performance venue where live performances are held may open or reopen to patrons, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:
(1)    Capacity limited: The establishment must limit the number of patrons present in any grandstands or other permanent seating to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups.
(2)    Social distancing: The establishment must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone when seated.
(3)    Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission ofCOVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food or beverage service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Until June 1, 2020, all outdoor theaters and performance venues where live performances are held shall continue to be closed. 

Museums, aquariums, and zoos: A museums, aquarium, or zoo may reopen, but only to the extent that the establishment takes reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Swimming pools: A swimming pool, as defined in Iowa Code § 1351.1 may reopen for the limited purpose of lap swimming and conducting swimming lessons
(including life guard training), but only to the extent that the establishment operating the pool takes reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Except for these limited purposes, all swimming pools and spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, spray pads, and bath houses, as defined in Iowa Code § 1351.1, shall continue to be closed. 

Campgrounds: Any public or private campground may reopen or remain open, provided that the campground implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each campground to ensure social distancing, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of
COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Race tracks: A speedway or race track, including a track conducting horse or dog races, may reopen or continue its operations, provided that it does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person until June 1, 2020. Effective 12:01 a.m. on June 1, 2020, a speedway or race track may permit spectators to attend, provided that the establishment complies with the following requirements:

(1)    Capacity limited: The establishment must limit the number of patrons present in any grandstands or other permanent seating to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups.
(2)    Social distancing: The establishment must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone when seated.
(3)    Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food or beverage service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Casinos and gaming facilities: A casino or other facility conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations may reopen, but only to the extent that it complies with the following requirements:
(1)    Capacity limited: The establishment must limit the number of patrons present on the gaming floor and waging area to 50% of its gaming or wagering positions as determined by the Racing and Gaming Commission.
(2)    Social distancing: The establishment must ensure that all wagering and gaming positions are spaced at least six feet apart or take other appropriate measures to ·ensure that more closely spaced positions are not used. Positions closer than six feet may satisfy this requirement if the positions are separated by a barrier of a sufficient height to fully separate patrons at each position.
(3)    Food and Beverage Service: The establishment shall comply with all the requirements of bars and restaurants in this Proclamation for any food and beverage service and shall not have any self-service of food, including buffets or salad bars.

(4)    Other social distancing, hygiene, and public health measures: The establishment shall also implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and customers, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health and, for any food or beverage service, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Until June 1, 2020, all such facilities shall continue to be closed, except that a race track conducting pari-mutuel wagering may reopen provided that it does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person. 

Amusements: A bingo hall, bowling alley, pool hall, arcade, or amusement parks may reopen, but only to the extent that the establishment limits the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity and takes reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public nealth measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Until June 1, 2020, all bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks shall continue to be closed.
 

Skating rinks and skate parks: An indoor or outdoor roller or ice skating rink or skate parks may reopen, but only to the extent that the establishment limits the number of customers present to 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity and takes reasonable measures under the circumstances of each establishment to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with Guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Until June 1, 2020, all indoor or outdoor roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks shall continue to be closed.

Outdoor playgrounds: An outdoor playground may reopen. Until June 1, 2020, all outdoor playgrounds shall continue to be closed.

Non-school sporting and recreational events: Practices, games, and competitions for baseball, softball, and individual sports, such as running, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf, are not prohibited by this section even where athletes may have some contact within six feet, provided that the organizer of such activities and events implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure reasonable social distancing, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Wedding Receptions
Pursuant to lowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, effective 5 :00 a.m. on May 22, 2020 and until 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020, a wedding reception may be held provided that the establishment hosting the wedding reception complies with all the requirements of a restaurant under section 2, paragraph A, of the Proclamation.of Disaster Emergency issued 011 May 13, 2020. Such a reception that is hosted in compliance with those requirements shall not be a violation of the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people under section 5 of that Proclamation of Disaster of Emergency. 
Auctions
A.    Capacity limited: The auction organizer must limit the number of participants present in any indoor venue to 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups. The gathering organizer must limit the number of participants present in any outdoor venue with grandstands or other permanent seating to 50% of its normal operating capacity and the number of participants in other outdoor settings to a number that permits the social distancing required by paragraph B.
B.    Social distancing: The gathering organizer must ensure that at all groups or individuals attending alone maintain at least six feet of physical distance. All other auctions not in compliance with these requirements continue to be prohibited until 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2020, at all locations and venues. 

I hereby extend the following orders until 11 :59 p.m. on June 17, 2020:
A.    Theaters: All indoor theaters and other indoor performance venues at which live performances are held shall continue to be closed.
B.    Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers shall continue to be closed.
C.    Indoor playgrounds: All indoor playgrounds or children's play centers shall continue to be closed. This order does not apply to playgrounds in private residences or childcare facilities.

source: Gov. Reynolds Proclamation, May 26, 2020

Current Impacts

The coronavirus epidemic has had a significant impact on the arts, music, entertainment, heritage organizations and cultural events. Trade group Pollstar has projected the live-music industry could lose up to $9 billion by the end of 2020 if quarantine measures stay in place and concerts continue to get cancelled and postponed. According to survey data from Americans for the Arts, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector has mounted to $4.98 billion by the end of April. In Iowa, 288 arts and culture organizations across the state have reported a total negative financial impact of $11.6 million due to closures, cancellations and increased expenses, an average of $15,750 per organization. Nearly all organizations have had to cancel events, suffering a total drop in attendance of more than 1.3 million people. Individual artists and creative workers are also feeling the effects. Survey data from Artist Relief and Americans for the Arts revealed that 62% of individual artists have become fully unemployed because of COVID-19 and 95% have experienced income loss, with an average decline in estimated income for the year of $27,103.

Future Trends

  • Live-Streamed Performances
  • Artists around the world are adapting to shutdowns by swapping physical performance spaces for online concerts.
  • Virtual Engagement
  • Arts and culture institutions are offering virtual programming, activities, tours and exhibitions. Artists, musicians and dance studios are offering virtual lessons.
  • Generosity of Patrons

With exhibition and performance spaces shuttered, artists are relying on the generosity of patrons. Fans can donate directly to PayPal, Venmo, Cash app or Patreon accounts. Many artists are including links to virtual tip jars at their live-streamed performances. E-commerce channels like Bandcamp, Gumroad and Shopify also offer fans the opportunity to buy music and merch directly from artists.

Recommended Practices

Health & Sanitation

  • Conduct a health screening with all employees before their shifts in accordance with the most up to date recommendations from your local public health department.
  • Encourage employees to wear face masks and employ any other PPE in accordance with the most up to date recommendations from your local public health department.
  • Gloves should be worn to handle cash, tickets, food and drinks, etc.
  • Establish health screening protocols for attendees, such as temperature taking or a health screening survey at security checkpoints.
  • Encourage or require guests to wear masks.
  • Require employees to comply with guidelines on sanitation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as counters, payment stations, railings, doorknobs, tables, chairs, restrooms, etc.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with visitors. 
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and visitors.
  • Provide accommodations for event staff and participants who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19, such as reassigning duties or providing refunds.

Process & Space Modifications

  • Encourage visitors to purchase tickets over the phone or online. Utilize contactless payment options, if available. 
  • Adopt capacity limits based on the size of your facility. Be prepared to provide visual cues to customers outside while still maintaining physical distance. Include timed tickets for entry.
  • Interactive exhibit (touch and feel exhibits, play areas) may be closed or modified to help maintain best practices for health and safety.
  • Ensure that guests are practicing physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines, using elevators or moving around the property.
  • Families or those who have quarantined together may play together. Groups cannot intermingle.
  • Use barriers like protective panels to maintain distance between staff and visitors.
  • For cultural institutions, like museums and zoos, establish one-way flow through the venue with visual cues, to facilitate distancing.
  • Art museums may consider removing wall labels and directing people to a mobile app or making the wall label text larger to limit visitors from congregating.
  • For venues with seating, such as movie theaters, indoor concert halls, and sports stadiums, offer seating in a staggered manner such that there is six feet of spacing between customer groups. This could include assigning seats with several empty seats in between or offering seating in every other row.
  • In a hybrid setting of digital and onsite attendees, remember to incorporate design elements for the virtual audience who have lost two senses, touch and taste.
  • Follow restaurant guidelines for any food and beverage service areas.
  • Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as counters, payment stations, railings, doorknobs, tables, chairs, restrooms, etc.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with visitors. 
  • Stagger staff schedules.
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and visitors.
  • Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events Require Additional Considerations
  • At Minimal-to-Moderate Level of Community Transmission, It Is Recommended To:
  • Limit the size of any one event to the maximum number of people permitted under updated public guidelines, for example, no more than ten people, keeping in mind any health considerations related to your expected audience.
  • At substantial level of community transmission, it is recommended to cancel mass gatherings of any size.
  • Review the Existing Emergency Operations Plans for Your Venues:
  • Meet with the emergency operations coordinator or planning team at your venues.
  • Establish relationships with key community partners and stakeholders.
  • Address Key Prevention Strategies in Your Emergency Operations Plan:
  • Promote good hygiene health practices.
  • Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies to staff and participants.
  • Identify a space that can be used to isolate staff or participants who become ill at an event.
  • Limit in-person contact for staff supporting your events.
  • Develop flexible refund policies for participants.
  • Identify actions to take if you need to postpone or cancel events.
  • Consider Additional Health and Safety Measures:
  • Sell seats to minimize impact and distance at outdoor music venues.
  • Reduce events with lawn seating by introducing zones where members of the same party can interact but allow for spacing between groups.
  • Use cashless entry systems.
  • Implement touchless thermal screening for employees, musicians and visitors.
  • Require masks by everyone. 
  • Restroom attendants should clean hourly; ask everyone to hand sanitize prior to entering a stall and wash hands and sanitize after leaving a stall.
  • Use barricades and fencing to manage crowds and establish maximum crowd capacity.
  • Have additional hand-washing/sanitization stations.
  • Limit alcohol sales.
  • Consider allowing personal foods in the gate to limit concession needs.
  • Limit gate/admissions at festivals.
  • Allow presale tickets only.
  • Time entries to avoid overcrowding at entrances.
  • Require exhibitors to have sanitizing lotion.
  • Reconsider any free non-ticketed events for 2020.

Communication

  • Communicate proactively with the public about new health and safety measures. Share these protocols through pre-event communication, on your website and throughout the venue. 
  • Post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 is to be permitted in the venue/at the event.
  • Place readily visible signage at the facility to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
  • Community Partnerships
  • Connecting with Audiences

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