My ArtsHacker colleague, Joe Patti, has been on point this last month with a series of resource articles covering a wide range of legal considerations for nonprofit performing arts organizations navigating Covid-19 topics.
His most recent post, Meeting Your Legal Duty Of Care In Post-Covid Reopening, stuck me in that it included an excerpt from the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide that stresses a point I’ve been espousing for years: it’s all about process (emphasis added).
“As a matter of common law, everyone has a duty to behave reasonably under their own circumstances. Consequently, there is no such thing as ‘best’ practices. There are only practices that are reasonable for this venue, this event, this crowd, this time and place, during this pandemic. Because few operational bright lines would make sense, The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is designed to help event professionals think through their own circumstances. In the order than one plans an event, the Reopening Guide looks closely at the health and safety risks involved in reopening public spaces, then proposes risk mitigation measures that are likely to be reasonable under the circumstances of the smaller events and venues that will reopen first.”
If Joe’s articles aren’t already on your reading list, put the following quartet into your queue: