NEOhio Arts Response to COVID-19

Governor Dewine has issued a full STAY AT HOME ORDER for the State of Ohio:

Effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, all persons in the State of Ohio are to stay at home or their place of residence unless they are engaged in Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations, until April 6, 2020.

Included in the document is a list of Essential Businesses, etc. as well as Prohibited Activities (Item 3):

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes permitted by this Order. Any gathering of more than ten people is prohibited unless exempted by this Order. All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including, but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, and country clubs or social clubs shall be closed.

Please heed our Governor and Dr. Amy Acton’s orders, and STAY AT HOME, unless absolutely necessary.

 

One art venue after another has cancelled events or closed its doors to the public. There are a few exceptions, but generally, you can assume that unless you are making an appointment, galleries, museums and studios are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The response from arts administrators and all the Ohio decision makers has been impressive – providing exceptional leadership to minimize the threat. We join them in encouraging you to continue your support of individual artists (by buying their work), of organizations (by not seeking a refund for their cancelled benefit or performances), and by generally supporting the many small businesses that make our neighborhoods as vital as they are.

For the near future, this will be the way: The art scene’s busy schedule is on hold. A lot of us are working from home.

However, the art news must get through. Keep looking for the latest news in the CAN Weekly newsletter every Tuesday, and keep watching THIS PAGE. We’ll have real-time updates as the situation evolves.

Also, to jump ahead to resources for those in hardship, click here.

 

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