Arts Alliance, Yale School of Public Health to Host Thursday Webinar for Arts Venues


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The Shoreline Arts Alliance is partnering with the Yale School of Public Health to offer a webinar for arts venues that are preparing to reopen post-COVID. 

The webinar, which will take place on Thursday, May 20 at 1 p.m., will focus on the public health safety measures that venues can take to make staff and patrons feel comfortable about returning. 

Recent changes in regulations have made questions about public health even more relevant. Gov. Ned Lamont is relaxing all restrictions on businesses beginning on Wednesday, with the exception of mask-wearing for non-vaccinated individuals. Last week, the CDC said that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors. 

However, Eric Dillner, the chief executive director of the Shoreline Arts Alliance, said that not all venues may be ready to drop the health and safety measures just yet. 

“No matter what’s going on, we’re going to need science-based information, because consumer confidence [is] going to be the biggest challenge,” said Dillner. 

According to Dillner, the organization has been consulting with businesses since the start of the pandemic about how the venues could best operate under a variety of changing restrictions. 

Dillner said they have offered advice to venues about air quality, cleaning practices and whether it was safe to host performances in a parking lot. He said they try to provide as much clarity as they can as guidelines continue to be updated. 

The webinar is the 12th in a series that the organization has hosted since the start of the pandemic.  

Sten Vermund, dean of the Yale School of Public Health, and Krystal Pollitt, an assistant professor of epidemiology and chemical and environmental engineering at the Yale School of Public Health, will be available to answer questions.

Questions can be asked live or submitted to Participants can register here.

Emilia Otte

Emilia Otte covers health and education for the Connecticut Examiner. In 2022 Otte was awarded "Rookie of the Year," by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.