Updated: Jun 1
ON MAY 28, WE ATTENDED A ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE,
SPONSORED BY THE MARTIN COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL,
AND HOSTED BY THE FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE
Martin County Arts Council
Florida Oceanographic Institute
Martin County Library System
Historical Society of Martin County/Elliott Museum
Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast
These meetings will be ongoing, periodically over the next few months.
In recent weeks a Survey created by the Arts Council has been circulated by affiliated organizations. So far there have been 940+ responses:
Based on survey questions, about 73% of respondents were older than "I have kids in camp" age
About 60% would NOT attend a venue event any sooner than 3 months from now, and 42% would not attend any sooner than 6 months
In declining order of priority, these are the criteria people would require in order to attend an event (more than 50% of respondents require these):
Limits on attendance
Avoiding long lines
Knowing the cleaning/sanitizing procedures in place
Availability of a vaccine
Requirement for a face covering
Slightly behind these (required by 40-49% of respondents) were:
Availability of hand sanitizer
Ability to be outdoors/outside
In terms of reopening plans, the mood across the board among participants was the emphasis on health and safety as a primary concern when considering the timing of opening to the public.
Museums are generally planning to reopen with limitations on attendance in the late-June to July timeframe (more than 50% of volunteers are willing to observe this schedule).
Theatres are generally looking at September or later to resume running performances
All agreed that any sudden increase in infections and/or hospitalizations would further set back any reopening plans.
Two documents provided to the attendees will be shared and explored in subsequent blog posts:
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
Performing Arts Center Consortium Guide To Reopening Theatrical Venues
WHAT IS A.C.T.'s PLAN?
Generally A.C.T.'s focus is on health and safety, above all other concerns.
We will only open when permitted by local government.
We will devise and implement robust health and safety procedures, prior to opening. These will include: cleaning and sanitizing procedures, social distancing policies and procedures, and a seating plan which provides sufficient flexibility to accommodate audience grouping preferences.
We will resume presenting shows when the audience is willing to return.
We look forward to the day when we can once again welcome audiences to sold-out performances, and until then we are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable theatre-going experience!