COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

Updated April 12, 2021 | 5:00 pm

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues, we are continuing to add reliable resources and information to this page. If you have resources to share, please email

Your organization might be eligible for funding through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). More information can be found on the FAQ page of their website (most recently updated on April 8th).


Webinar Conversation with Dr. Michael Osterholm (6/2/2020)
Presented by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, and the Minnesota Theater Alliance
Click here to view the MinnPost Article about the session.

Webinar Conversation with Dr. James Gambone and Peter Jordan (SLUA) About Re-Opening the Performing Arts in Ireland (7/29/2020)
Presented by the Minnesota Theater Alliance, with Springboard for the Arts, Lake Region Arts Council, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
Click here to view the supplemental resource document: “In the Bubble of Our Making: Reopening the Arts in Northern Ireland”

On June 5, 2020, Governor Walz signed a new executive order (20-74) that rolls out Phase III of Minnesota’s Stay Safe Order. Please see for official and up-to-date guidance.

The following is allowed to take place on or after Wednesday, June 10:

  • Seated indoor entertainment like theaters, cinemas, concert halls, museums, and performance venues will be allowed to open and operate at 25 percent capacity, so long as they do not exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space.
  • Outdoor events and entertainment settings, like concerts and theaters, can offer activities so long as they do not exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space.

The executive order also reconfirms key elements of previous orders:

  • Wearing masks and face coverings is strongly encouraged (and even required in some settings) whenever individuals leave their homes and travel to any public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Maintaining safe social distancing in all settings.
  • Unnecessary travel strongly discouraged.
  • Continue to work from home whenever possible.

State of MN: Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening: Recreational Entertainment Venues (6/4/2020)

New guidance is available for businesses and activities that will be opening up here.

Individuals or organizations can submit questions about returning to work here.

More information at

Consider these Principals for Ethical Cancellation from Springboard for the Arts.

What is COVID-19?

According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold. COVID-19 is a strand of the coronavirus causing respiratory illnesses that have not been found in people before. Because this is a new virus, there are still things we do not know, such as how severe the illness can be, how well it is transmitted between people, and other features of the virus.

Frequent updates can raise awareness, but can also cause anxiety and fear — not just about the virus, but also about who has and/or is spreading the virus. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not racially or culturally specific.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most vulnerable populations are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

We encourage the performing arts community to monitor the situation through the CDC and MDH, comply with public health guidelines and recommendations, actively promote actions to prevent further spread (see below), and take this opportunity to develop and/or evaluate emergency preparedness plans.


The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday actions you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterward.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms, for seven days after your illness onset and three days after your fever resolves without fever-reducing medicine (whichever is longer), and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Up-to-date guidance from the Department of Health on recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.

Official Updates

Minnesota State Official Dashboards: COVID-19, Response and Preparation, #StayAtHomeMN Information

Center for Disease Control: COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Health: COVID-19

World Health Organization: COVID-19

University of Minnesota Public Health Alerts Page

City of Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management: Coronavirus

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development: COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Revenue: COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits

Johns Hopkins: Mapping 2019-nCoV
( Mobile Version & Desktop Version )

Re-Opening Resources

It’s important to communicate clearly with artists and audiences about our policies, practices, and planning. Please see information above about CDC and MDH recommendations, as well as statewide Emergency Executive Orders. Here are some examples of communications distributed recently by performing arts organizations:

COVID-19 Response from Great River Shakespeare Festival (4/7/2020) & Video Announcement (4/7/2020)
Winona, MN

An Update on COVID-19 from HUGE Improv Theater (3/16/2020)
Minneapolis, MN

COVID-19 Update from Yale Rep (3/16/2020)
New Haven, CT

COVID-19 Information from the Jungle Theater (3/13/2020)
Minneapolis, MN

Northrup’s Response to COVID-19 Impact (3/19/2020)
Minneapolis, MN

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information from the Ordway (4/28/2020)
Saint Paul, MN

A Message About COVID-19 from the Guthrie Theater (4/2/2020)
Minneapolis, MN

Preparation & Prevention Resources

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Artists
From Springboard for the Arts

Minnesota COVID-19 Response
Information and Resources from a coalition of Nonprofit and Union Partners

Interim Guidance for Event Planners
From Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Preparing for the Impact of the Coronavirus
From Theater Communications Group (TCG)

Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak
From World Health Organization (WHO)

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
From Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
From ArtsReady

COVID-19: What nonprofits need to know
From Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

COVID-19 Update and Resources
From CERF+ (The Artist Safety Net)

Rural Leader COVID-19 Resources

Webinar Recordings

Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)
HowlRound Free Webinar (1:58:19)
For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines
Join HowlRound plus a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the US on Monday 16 March 2020 who discussed how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.

Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak
Event Safety Alliance Free Webinar (1:04:54)
This webinar was held on March 4th, and looks at this public health crisis from two distinct perspectives: Infectious Disease Business Continuity Planning and Crisis Management. Does your organization have the right plans in place to continue operations during an infectious disease outbreak? Is there a process in place to gather and analyze current information and make informed decisions? Is there a crisis management process and team in place? When do you activate them? By preparing in advance, you can take actions that help to minimize the effect on your events. We will look at the eight items you should be paying attention to right now.

Coronavirus Webinar: Preparing Minnesota’s Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations for Coronavirus
Minnesota Council on Foundations Free Webinar (55:01)
This webinar was held on March 4th in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the State of Minnesota, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Its purpose was to help nonprofits and foundations think about their own internal continuity of operations, as well as thinking about the external services they provide and how needs may evolve and increase as a result of an outbreak. Our featured speaker was Tanya Gulliver-Garcia from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Responding to COVID-19 Related Racism and Misinformation

Springboard for the Arts Community Emergency Relief Fund
“With the global spread of the coronavirus, there is also a spread in misinformation, often rooted in xenophobia or stereotypes. If you are an artist whose community is impacted, the Community Emergency Relief Fund is a resource for your creative response. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.” – Facebook Post about COVID-19

Yellow Peril: Resources to Address Coronavirus Racism
A crowd-sourced list of textual and digital resources around Coronavirus related racism

Other Resources

Personal Emergency Relief Fund
From Springboard for the Arts

Emergency Resources for Organizations
From Springboard for the Arts

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Ideas for Creative, Compassions, and Joyful Connection
From the Department of Public Transformation

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

Principals for Ethical Cancellation
From Springboard for the Arts