Please review this daily updated list of Webinars and Reopening Guidelines

September 11, 2020


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1-2pm
Webinar:  Employment Considerations for the Return of COVID-19 Shut Downs
Many business and human resources leaders were caught off guard when state governors ordered non-essential businesses to close and workers to stay at home in March 2020. With states witnessing the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, some expect state governors to once again impose severe limitations on non-essential businesses and workers.
Robinson+Cole Labor and Employment Group partner Matt Miklave will examine ways for companies to prepare for the anticipated next phase of the pandemic, exploring the impact of new federal legislation on employee leaves and benefits, current state and federal guidance on accommodating employees with underlying health issues or other traits which increase risk, and workplace policies to help companies continue to operate during this time.
Friday, September 18, 2020, 10am
Reopening CT Arts Venues ; Science-Based Safety. Webinar 7

DIY for less $$ (Air Purifiers, Safety Shields, Negative Pressure Environments); 6 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet?; Dancers, Musicians, Actors, Studio Artists – On Stage and in the Studio; Mask study findings: Common Threads for us all! with Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean, Yale School of Public Health Dr. Krystal Pollitt, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences), Yale School of Public Health; Marie Brault, PhD, medical anthropologist and public health researcher in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

Public Health researchers and leaders, Drs. Sten Vermund, Krystal Pollitt, and Marie Brault will offer arts organizations, historic sites, venues, staff and boards science-based guidance. This state-wide convening offers clarity, practical scientific advice and an opportunity for you to ask questions related to your risk-reduction strategies.

Notable Recorded Webinars

ProBono Partnership
Getting Back to Work: Considerations for Returning to the Workplace After COVID-19 Shut Downs
Though it is still not clear when most nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York will be able to open, we know that when they do, it will not be business as usual. Please join us for a complimentary webinar as we discuss some of the issues nonprofits will likely face when they are able to reopen their doors. Topics include: Staffing Considerations; Remote Work; Social Distancing; Safety Protocols; Leaves of Absence/Requests for Time Off; Testing Protocols.


Reopening CT Arts Venues Science-Based Safety Series
1. Preparedness, Consumer Confidence, Clarity for Constituents
Dean of the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Sten Vermund, and his extensive team in the public health sector, offer arts organizations, venues, staff and boards guidance on how to reopen through the lens of public health. This state-wide convening offers clarity and practical advice related to reopening after the COVID 19 pandemic. 


2. Risk Reduction Planning and Air Handling
Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean, Yale School of Public Health and Dr. Krystal Pollitt, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences), Yale School of Public Health Public Health researchers and leaders, offer arts organizations, venues, staff and boards science-based guidance on risk-reduction planning, air handling, and maintenance. Public health scholars offer advice on when and how to open leading to consumer confidence and ensuring success and long-term viability.


3.Preparedness, Consumer Confidence, Clarity for Constituents. Opening Right the First Time!


4. Common Solutions & Site Visit Findings




CT Office of the Arts & CT Arts Alliance:
Arts & Culture Industry Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19
These guidelines are key considerations to help creative organizations make decisions about operations and programming while the pandemic persists. These guidelines are designed to aid organizations as they plan to reopen in accordance with the guidelines of both state and federal government. These guidelines are not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive in scope and not every consideration will apply to every organization. In addition, we encourage you to use these guidelines as the foundation for your work moving forward. Feel free to adapt to the needs of your specific organization.

CT Department of Economic & Community Development
Small Business Reopening Guide
The guide provides a starting point for resources to help small businesses in the reopening process, and will be updated as new information and guidance become available.

Reopening Decision Trees

The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.



July 22 Modifications for Indoor Recreation & Outdoor Gatherings 
While Phase 3 reopening has been delayed, the following Phase 2 modifications were made July 22 for:
Indoor Recreation

Outdoor Gatherings

Neither of these rulings updated the numbers allowed for gatherings effective July 3.

Rules for Library Reopening were also modified and reissued.


State of CT Reopening Rules – Phase Two June 17
All businesses subject to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening rules are required to self-certify prior to opening.

American Alliance of Museums
Considerations for Museum Reopenings
The American Alliance of Museums recommends that museums build flexible plans for reopening that are regularly reviewed and refined based on the latest science. This guidance is based on the best available information as of publication and is not intended to supersede guidance from public health officials, medical experts, and federal/state/local governments. Museums are encouraged to seek legal and other expert advice on their specific circumstances.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Cleaning/Disinfecting Historic Surfaces

Indiana Historical Society
Cleaning the Museum


Connecticut Libraries
Roadmap to Re-Opening and Recovery
Connecticut’s Libraries have been closed to the public since Covid-19 impacted Connecticut and Governor Lamont issued the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Executive Order. Most libraries have posted, “Closed until further notice.” We all need to think strategically and plan accordingly about how to return to full service in a safe and healthy manner and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders and local government directives. Libraries should be nimble in their planning and developing of  scenarios in the event of a virus outbreak flare up requiring quick response.

Safely Reopening Summer Camps: June 22


State of CT Reopening Rules – Phase Two June 17
All businesses subject to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening rules are required to self-certify prior to opening.


Event Safety Alliance
Reopening Guide
The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.


American Repertory Theater/Harvard School of Public Health
Roadmap to Recovery
This roadmap is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It outlines factors to consider regarding the general operation of theaters in an effort to reduce the risk of disease transmission, specifically novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The roadmap is not intended as a set of directions. Each theater’s situation is different. Each will need to devise its own plan, based on its particular circumstances and informed by applicable governmental and public health regulations and guidance, other resources and information, and expert advice specific to its situation.

Actors Equity
Four Core Principles Needed to Support Safe and Healthy Theatre Productions
Producing live theatre requires close physical contact that increases risk of transmission among performers, musicians, theater staff and depending on the venue, the audiences. With rare exceptions, theatre performers cannot utilize the most effective forms of disease prevention – physical distancing and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) – to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The source of COVID-19 exposure is individuals infected with the virus. The objective should be that no one involved in the production (and ideally no one in the audience) is infectious. While it is difficult to ensure that no individuals who are shedding virus enter the theater, source elimination must be a primary component of any exposure prevention effort. The success of this approach will depend on development and application of new technologies, improved understanding of the disease and immunity and the state of case tracking and disease prevention in the community. All of these three are improving, but none are at the point where it could be said they are adequate.

Equity is working on a comprehensive program to ensure the safety of its members and others involved in theatre production. However, given the inevitability of members being in close proximity to each other, other workers and audience members, there are a series of considerations that need to be addressed before it will be safe to mount theatrical performances. Presented below are several general considerations that must be addressed before theatrical productions can be launched safely. Once a specific production is being contemplated, extensive additional work will need to be done to further minimize risk of exposure. Actors’ Equity continues to work on recommendations in this area.




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