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Are museums, aquariums, or performing arts centers open? Are concert venues, movie theaters, or other cultural and entertainment venues open? What safety guidance must they follow?

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

Entertainment businesses may reopen their entire premises, whether indoor or outdoor, with the exception of concert venues, movie theaters, and performing arts centers, which may only open outdoor areas.

Businesses that may open both indoor and outdoor areas include:

  • Aquariums
  • Fairs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Zoos

Entertainment businesses that open must follow the mitigation requirements detailed in sections 7 of page 13 of Executive Order No. 157 and Executive Order No. 158, which are summarized below.

What To Expect

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in EO 157 and EO 158. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 157 and EO 158, and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Businesses must institute the following policies for indoor and outdoor spaces:

  • Limit total capacity of any outdoor area to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart,
  • Limit the number of patrons in any indoor premises to 25 percent capacity – excluding employees
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while indoors and in outdoor areas when social distancing is difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises
  • Cordon off any indoor or outdoor dance floors to the public;
  • Prohibiting the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in indoor areas. Exceptions are allowed for individuals engaging in conduct necessary for their health or safety, such as briefly removing their mask to drink water. In addition, employees may consume food and beverages in areas not open to the public, such as an employee break room.
  • Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers
  • Require reservations, cancellations and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions.
  • Limit the use of equipment rented or otherwise provided by the business to one person at a time

Guidance For Employees

Recreational and entertainment businesses must impose the following requirements on employees:

  • Require employees with symptoms of COVID-19 be sent home
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health
  • Require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods
  • Provide all employees with face coverings and gloves free of charge
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to staff

Source: Executive Order No. 153; Executive Order No. 156; Executive Order No. 157; Executive Order No. 158