3. Grounding Questions
These questions are designed to make technical planning easier and aligned with who you are as an organization.
Are you allowed to reopen?
This is a legal question.
Go HERE for links to your official direction and tips for reading it. Please consult with counsel.
When is reopening the right thing?
This is a question of mission and ultimately cost.
The Department of Public Transformation (a small/rural/arts nonprofit organization in Minnesota) has lovely Guiding Principles for the Times that I encourage all to read as part of this planning process.
The BridgeSpan Group’s structure for principles to articulate may be a useful process guide:
TO PROTECT MISSION
TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST
TO ELEVATE EQUITY
TO FOCUS ON FINANCIAL RESILIENCE
Where and what do individuals touch?
The answer to this requires a mapping exercise.
Walk through your space, your day, your audience experience
Where are spaces narrower than 6 feet?
What do people have to touch, hand things to each other, share space or equipment?
Where do people cross paths?
Inventory all of it.
Ask which are easily adjusted, which are expensive to adjust, which are necessary.
Be sure to think through every user group and role as you map
Employees, Artists, Crews, & Contactors
Volunteers -- from ushers to docents to board
Students, Audiences, & the General Public
And all the ways we work:
Static Exploration & Exhibit
Interactive Activities & Things
Shopping & Point of Sale
How risky are we? Can we be safe(r)?
This is first a question of research, then art form, and ultimately cost.
Definitions of low, moderate, and high-risk jobs: World Health Organization
The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them, Professor Erin Bromage, University of Massachusetts
Reopening safely: Sample practices from essential businesses | McKinsey & Co.
Visualizing the Occupations with the Highest COVID-19 Risk | The Visual Capitalist
WHAT SHOULD REOPEN FIRST? MIT RESEARCHERS WEIGH THE RISKS | Associations NOW
Is It Safer to Visit a Coffee Shop or a Gym? | New York Times
Creative Worker Safety -- research, union recommendations and more
What decision points and imperatives must we address?
The Bridgespan Group: Nonprofit Scenario Planning in the COVID-19 Pandemic
SC Arts Alliance Question-Style Reopening Guide for Venues & Organizations