The ongoing global pandemic means that the events and late-night industries will never be the same again. The challenge to develop new models of operating and income is in no way simple, and whilst there is a move to develop online alternatives and parallel modes in the production of events, including virtual events, at some point the best methods of how to reopen and operate venues and festival sites must be considered.
Unrealistic ideas about social distancing in venues will be a difficulty, since there is no way this can make economic sense in a sector with the inherent margins that existed already.
For Toth, CEO of the 6,500-capacity Rockhal in Luxembourg, smaller capacity shows with strict social distancing measures will be the most likely to restart before the new year. Rockhal’s intimate club venue, which typically has a capacity of 1,100, can hold 90 people with two metre distancing measures in place, but “we can increase capacity as we go”, said Toth.IQ Mag: Venue Leaders Optimistic for 2020 Reopening
Cities around the world are starting to draw up plans for the cultural sector. In Manchester a Night Time Ecomony Task Force is being set up.
The British government is setting up a taskforce to aid recovery in the cultural sector.
Organistations, both international, national and regional have produced guidelines for re-opening with imposed conditions:
- The Government of Western Australia Guidelines for Concerts, Events and Organised Gatherings
- Music Cities Resilience Handbook
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Interim Guidance)
- The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
- Society of Independent Show Organisers: All Secure Standard
- Danish Ministry of Culture: Guidelines for Reopening Seated Cultural Events (Danish)
- WHO Guidance on Mass Gatherings
- Festival Republic: Full Capacity Plan
Live music industry association Perle* have a dynamic map of areas where live performance is permitted, or dates of when this will be allowed where it is known. Covering Europe, this is being updated as further information becomes available.