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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Neetu Balram, Public Information Manager October 15, 2020 Alameda County Public Health Department

Alameda County Highlights COVID-19 Guidance Available for the Arts Community

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA – COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of life in Alameda County. Since the Shelter in Place Orders issued in March, the State and Alameda County have restricted activities that are high risk for spreading this deadly virus. The visual and performing arts are an essential part of Alameda County’s community and economy. Throughout the state, 1 in 10 jobs are part of the creative economy. The arts community has been deeply impacted by COVID-19.

During the pandemic, the visual and performing arts continue to provide opportunities for individuals to express themselves, connect with others, and uplift and strengthen our whole community. On October 20, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will proclaim support of October as National Arts and Humanities Month and will recognize the 2020 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award recipients. In support of these efforts and in recognition of the important role that the arts have in our community, Alameda County is sharing guidance with organizations and artists regarding currently permitted visual and performing arts activities.

“The arts are essential and make Alameda County a vibrant place to live and work,” said Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Richard Valle, who serves District 2. “We must continue to take the necessary precautions against COVID-19, but there are avenues for arts organizations and artists to engage with the public and create solutions for the world we share. Let’s continue to support the arts and allow it to help us get through these challenging times.”

Visual and preforming arts organizations and artists can safely engage residents in locally permitted activities by using local and state guidance to put procedures in place that limit the risk of spreading COVID- 19. Complete information can be found on the Alameda County COVID-19 website: covid-19.acgov.org

Visual and Performing Arts activities permitted to operate in Alameda County with COVID-19 safety measures and limited capacities:

  • Visual and Performing Arts Camps for Youth (Capacity Restrictions)
  • Dance, Movement and Other Fitness Classes (Indoor 10% Capacity; Outdoor and Open-Air with