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Arts Cleveland Releases Guidance on Live Music Venues Reopening

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Northeast Ohio’s live music venues now have some guidance on how to safely reopen even as the pandemic continues.

Arts Cleveland worked in collaboration with owners, musicians and public health professionals to create best practices for cleaning and for keeping musicians, employees and audience members safe.

Project lead LeAundra Richardson says their goal is to give venues what they need to make informed decisions when the time comes to reopen.

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LeAundra Richardson on project's goal

“These are guidelines and best practices, so they don’t have to follow every single one of them. It’s not like this is what you have to do. This is to help you, and you can kind of look at this and other resources and figure out what’s best for your venue,” Richardson said.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order in late August allowing all live music venues to open at 15% capacity. However, that won’t allow most local venues to cover the cost of operations.

Abigail Bottar is a junior at Kent State University. She is pursuing a major in political science with a concentration in American politics and minors in history and women's studies. Additionally, Abigail is starting her second semester copy editing for The Burr.
Amanda Rabinowitz has been a reporter, host and producer at WKSU since 2007. After serving as WKSU's Morning Edition host for a dozen years, she moved to afternoons in March of 2022 to become the local host of All Things Considered. In addition to providing local news and weather, she interviews Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com for a weekly commentary about Northeast Ohio's sports scene called The View From Pluto. She also hosts and produces Shuffle, a podcast focusing on Northeast Ohio’s music scene.