Reopening Arts and Culture Safely

(Above) "Vincent Thomas Bridge" by Susan Logoreci.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has issued a number of protocols to plan for the safe reopening of our arts, culture, and creative economy sectors. We collaborate with Public Health to help the creative community navigate COVID-19 openings safely, and we centralized these documents here for easy access. 

Arts and culture are essential to LA County's economy, identity, wellbeing, and recovery. We offer this guidance as we all navigate the reopening and recovery phases of our cultural sector. 

Reopening Guidance

As certain activities are allowed to resume, the Health Officer continues to urge residents to proceed with caution. Vaccinations are primary tool with which we fight COVID-19, and information about them is below. Certain activities are allowed, but that does not mean those activities are without risk.

Toolkit for Reopening

Guidance and resources for reopening your organization or business, including how to verify vaccinations with audiences.

Reopening FAQ

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is meant to help theaters, galleries, arts nonprofits, and community-based organizations navigate mask and vaccination requirements.

'Arts & COVID-19' Event Slides

View a PDF of Dr. Emily Beeler's presentation from "Arts And COVID-19: Latest Guidance for Arts and Culture Organizations and Venues" on February 28, 2022.

'Arts & COVID-19' Resources

A new PDF of resources, which includes helpful links (many from Dr. Beeler’s slides) and link for Feb. 28 recording. 


The Arts and COVID-19: Latest Guidance for Arts and Culture Organizations and Venues - YouTube

A recording of "The Arts and COVID-19: Latest Guidance for Arts and Culture Organizations and Venues," which featured a presentation from Dr. Emily Beeler. This event took place over Zoom on February 28, 2022. 


Permitted Activities for Arts and Culture

The following Public Health protocols provide detailed guidelines for specific types of venues and activities. Protocols are legally required mandates and must be followed. Read these carefully to ensure any planned events or activities fall within what is permitted under these guidelines.

Reopening Events and Programs

Best Practices for Large Events

Best practices to prevent COVID-19 infection for businesses that host large events, both indoor and outdoor.

Latest Indoor Mask Guidance

Lifting of indoor masking requirements for fully vaccinated audience and staff. 

Updates to the Health Order and Protocols

Reopening and recovery is dynamic. As sectors reopen, health orders are adjusted.Check the County Public Health website regularly for updates.


Questions about your specific events and plans are best answered by representatives from the Department of Public Health. Contact the COVID-19 call center for assistance at (877) 777-5799. Arts and Culture staff are unable to review plans or provide specific feedback or guidance on how to comply with the public health order. But you can write to and we can work with our DPH contacts to get you answers. 


Learn more about how to get a vaccination, and what you can do after you have been vaccinated: 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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