As COVID-19 protocols begin to ease in California, arts groups anticipate gradual reopening

Posted on: April 8, 2021

Gustavo Dudamel conducts socially distanced Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians in an otherwise empty Hollywood Bowl for an online benefit in February.

“An arts administrator and a musician are sharing drinks on Zoom. ‘How do you think we’ll know when the pandemic is over?’ asks the musician,” writes Jim Farber in Monday’s (4/5) San Francisco Classical Voice. “ ‘When we stop using the word “pivot,” ‘ says the administrator.…As of April 1, many counties in California moved from the limitations imposed by the state’s Red tier to the Orange level, which has fewer restrictions…. Indoor performances will now be allowed from mid-April on, with many restrictions. For Orange-tier counties … presenters will be allowed to open venues to two-thirds capacity if attendees provide proof of vaccination. Otherwise, the maximum is one-third of capacity…. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s creative director of digital content, James Darrahm, said, …’It’s clear that vaccinations are making a big difference and audiences are more than ready for live performances to begin again.’ … For the Los Angeles Philharmonic … losing last summer’s entire [Hollywood Bowl] season was devastating blow. So the shift to the orange tier is godsend.”