Reopening and Recovery


As New York State's recovery progresses, we'll share updates on best practices for keeping you and your visitors safe and healthy.

New York State and Federal Guidelines

New York Forward - Arts Guidelines Now Live!

Updated April 2, 2021: New guidance released for small and medium scale performing arts and entertainment. More information on Stage 4 industries also available now.

New York State Department of Health

NYS' COVID-19 page includes the latest updates on the state's phased reopening plan as well as resources on testing, prevention, and mental health.

The NY Forward Rapid Test Program

Learn more about the The NY Forward Rapid Test Program.

Center for Disease Control

Visit the CDC for up-to-date information on COVID-19 in the U.S., and review guidance for businesses and workplaces, parks and recreational facilities, and schools and youth organizations, including summer camps.

Reopening the Arts

Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater

Navigate reopening challenges with a roadmap from A.R.T. and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to guide policy about facility safety, staff protection, rehearsal and production protocol, strategies for minimizing audience risk, and online and outdoor models.

Oklahoma Museum Association: Museum Reopening Guide

See recommended cleaning procedures; distancing, mask, and elevator protocol; exhibition visitor flow; collections care; and best practices for stores and cafes.

American Alliance of Museums

Visit AAM for a resource guide on museum reopenings, sample reopening plans, and a guide to best practices for timelines, cleaning, capacity, training, and communication.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Suited to a variety of venues and event sizes, this guide covers cleaning and sanitizing; worker health; patron education and messaging; and physical space considerations, including details such as intermission, restroom management, and food and beverage service.

Performing Arts Center Consortium: Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues

PACC provides a comprehensive guide to risk mitigation for performing arts centers that accommodate 6,000 people or less in implementing a phased approach to returning to normal operations while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of our staff, guests, and artists. 

SMU DataArts: In It For the Long Haul

How can your organization adapt to immediate and longterm challenges of phased reopening? DataArts lays out the statistical impact of COVID-19 on arts organizations as well as how to maximize community impact and audience commitment.

International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CiMAM)

Using examples of museums around the world that have reopened, CiMAM provides guidance on visitor and staff safety, facility management, and communication.

Museums and Social Distancing: A Planning Toolkit

Learn about physical and digital strategies to guide reopening - including online pre-booking, temporary signage, museum apps, touch-free restroom equipment and more.


Visitor Experience Group: Reopening Your Institution

View a phased reopening plan to help guide your organization's reopening considering factors such as your area's population density and healthcare capacity; your facility's high touch points, traffic flow, and capacity; and your communications and staffing plans.

Recommendations for Reopening: Art Industry

View a detailed 3-phase guide covering returning to work principles, workplace safety, employee privacy, and HR considerations from insurance brokerage and risk management firm DeWitt Stern.

Post Covid Balancing Act: A Strategy Primer for Museums

MuseumNext takes a critical look at how to make visitors both safe and welcome, including alternatives to physical barriers, mask distribution, and most essential and cost-effective investments for reopening.