How Are Orange County Restaurants Adapting To Their New COVID-19 Reality?

It's been over a month since most locals have been instructed to work from home. If you're a part of the restaurant industry, however, food and beverage are considered an essential service.

Due to the closure of all dining rooms, thousands of service staff have been forced to file for unemployment; if we factor in the rest of California, that count is above a million. Those that are still on the clock are utilizing gloves, masks, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and other precautions to prevent catching and spreading COVID-19.

While many establishments have temporarily closed their doors, others have chosen different paths.

Losses Mount Quickly for O.C. Arts Groups

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a staggering blow to Orange County's arts community. According to a report published this week by Arts Orange County, local arts organizations have suffered losses of $16 million since the start of the crisis. Its survey of 42 O.C. arts groups revealed a community reeling from reduced audiences and revenue:

• Nearly 1 million admissions have been lost due to cancelled events.
• 62% of arts entities anticipate a severe financial impact from the crisis.
• 31% of arts organizations have been forced to lay off or furlough staff.
• 43% have implemented salary reductions.
• 52% are depleting cash reserves to meet their obligations.

With Orange County advising maximum caution about outings and public gatherings, Arts Orange County is bringing you recommendations for arts and cultural experiences available to enjoy in-home with an Internet connection. As individuals everywhere change their personal and professional routines, artists and storytellers are devising ways to bring their work to you. 


Virtual Imagination Celebration

This weekend, the Laguna Art Museum presents a diverse collection of art making and art appreciating activities for the whole family  DETAILS »


Streaming Theatre from the Bay Area

Theatre Bay Area has compiled a massive list of opportunities to stream plays and other theatrical performances from the elite companies of Central and Northern California  DETAILS »


The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

Paintings and sculptures from the Escalette Collection brighten the campus of Chapman University as part of a "museum without walls"; and now the entire collection can be viewed on-line as an e-museum  DETAILS »


Pretend City @ Home

The Pretend City Children's Museum has brought its popular Story Time series online along with other resources for education and play  DETAILS »


Online Dance Classes

The Impact Dance Center in Los Alamitos is now offering classes in a broad range of dance styles for people of all ages and experience levels.  DETAILS »

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