Helping Hands | July 8, 2020 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET
Helping Hands
A newsletter to help you make decisions
during and after the COVID-19 crisis
Resources for WFEA & ASSET Members
Update on Re-Opening Guidelines

WFEA/ASSET has joined forces with several other event and event related organizations to develop a set of guidelines that will be presented to the Governor’s office.

Portland Rose Festival announces staff
furloughs, salary reductions due to virus
From KPTV - Fox 12

The Portland Rose Festival announced Friday it is making changes to weather the pandemic.

Fifty percent of the festival's regular staff will be furloughed for 14 weeks and senior management will take a 20 percent in reduction in pay and work hours.

Businesses considering liability waivers
for employees upon returning to work
From Inc

Many businesses are considering requiring employees to sign liability waivers as a condition of returning to work. These waivers ask employees to acknowledge and bear the potential health risks of contracting Covid-19 on the job.

It's an issue that continues to be up for debate in Washington.

Be informed: On a scale of 1 to 10
know your risk during COVID-19
From Texas Medical Association

Ranked by physicians from the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Kittitas County creates playbook for the
re-opening of large community events
From Kittitas Chamber of Commerce

As we move forward, we know you are anxious to reopen your doors. To ensure the safety of our community and to help you navigate the new normal, we have created the Play Hard. Play
Smart. Play Safe. Playbook. This comprehensive guide includes many of the recommendations that have been reviewed by Dr. Mark Larson and the Emergency Operation Center. This resource will act as a living document, which we will update as this fluid situation

Cheyenne Air Show Moving Forward,
1st performance of USAF Thunderbirds

As the likely first air show of the season for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings Over Warren Air Show (formerly known as Cheyenne Frontier Days) will feature the aforementioned jet team and multiple single-ship demo teams. The July 22nd show is planning to pivot and hold the event in the newly trending “drive-in” format (see related story below) at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The air show plans to fill the ramp with spectator vehicles and proceed without vendors on site to comply with socially distant guidelines currently in place for the region. Welcoming the F-22 and F-35 single-ship demo teams, the Wings Over Warren Air Show will also feature flyovers from the B-1B, B-2, B-52, C-130, and others. 
Later this summer, just across town on September 12th and 13th, the Wyoming Air National Guard is planning to hold their second annual open house with the Wild West Air Show at the Cheyenne Regional Airport. The show will feature multiple ICAS member civilian performers, including Tom Larkin, Bob Freeman, Gary Rower, and many more. Due to the rapidly changing public health guidelines, the event is working toward multiple solutions to host a socially safe event. Air show director Max McMillan believes that their event can help to bring hope and a positive outlook for the community to move forward.
Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy and
cuts 3,500 jobs due to show closures
From CNN Business

Cirque du Soleil, the producer of a number of Las Vegas acrobatic shows, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

In an announcement Monday, the Montreal-based company blamed its situation on the "immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic" and is aiming to restructure its debt with assistance from the Canadian government and private equity firms.

Reopening Canada: Festivals go online
but there’s hope for live shows yet
From The London Free Press

Brett Kissel has been teasing country music lovers over the last few weeks in Alberta and Saskatchewan with a series of sold-out concerts staged in parking lots.

Now the rest of Canada is watching, waiting and wondering when they’ll gather for their first taste of live music and culture this summer, especially festival crowds missing the crush of bodies, sharing of culture, loud music, dancing and fun snuffed out by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Europe, festivals turn to 1950s
America, adopt drive-in concept
From Forbes

While many of Europe’s arts festivals have been cancelled this year, including Edinburgh, Bayreuth and Glastonbury, others have turned to 1950s America for inspiration with drive-in performances.  

Festival workers forced to seek other
revenue sources due to coronavirus
From CBS News

Since large outdoor festivals are being cancelled and celebrations are moving to virtual formats, independent workers who rely heavily on seasonal events are now searching for new ways to make a living. 

Here’s a list of festivals and events
that are still happening despite virus
From The Points Guy

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has upended nearly every element of human life this year, from jobs to travel, sporting events to concerts and just about any activity that involves people standing near each other.

Still, there are parts of the world where the pandemic is being better managed, or where event organizers think they can keep event attendees safe with appropriate productions. People around the world are desperate to return to some sense of normalcy. Here are some of the most popular events around the world that will be proceeding this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

King County Creative Handbook:
The Event Community's Complete Guide
It is a critical time to slow the spread of COVID-19, support our medical system, and save lives. It’s also a critical moment for the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses. And we’re all working to adapt and move forward in the new reality.

This handbook is being rapidly updated to bring together resources to take care of yourself and your family; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.

Follow University of Washington
“Chris Murray” COVID-19 Model
Referenced in a White House press briefing as the “Chris Murray Model,” IHME’s COVID-19 projections show demand for hospital services and peak numbers of COVID-19 deaths and cases. 

Washington State’s Whipsmart Resource List
Whipsmart, a new creative economy-focused nonprofit that gives creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, has assembled a resource list that provides a comprehensive list of resources for creatives that will be updated in real time by a dedicated staff member to ensure that the information is timely and relevant. 

This is our 15th issue of “Helping Hands,” a weekly newsletter designed to include articles that might help you with your decision making during COVID-19.

If you have story ideas, please let us know, as we’d like to share how you’re dealing with the crisis in future issues.
Helping Hands | July 8, 2020 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET