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Ken Northridge
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Meanwhile in New JerseyÖ.

The Governor has just extended the Public Health Emergency for another 30 days! Which I believe, among other things, means we must wear face masks until July 5th at least. Businesses are opening at a snailís pace. OUTDOOR dining June 15th, beauty salons June 21st. Phase 2 begins June 15th but only if we behave ourselves. No indication how long phase 2 will last.

The only good news I have is Iíve had 2 inquiries for shows in the past 24 hours. One was looking for entertainment this summer because they closed their summer camp. So, maybe thereís some hope.

Iíve finally brought myself to consider what I need to do to be Covid-19 compliant, or at least Covid-19 sensitive.
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There is a definite variability in the way the return to ďnormalĒ is going. Here, in New York it is moving VERY SLOWLY! Even if we decided today to go back to normal itís still to late for summer, because nearly all fairs and festivals have already cancelled through late summer and into fall. I have been in contact with numerous school teachers regarding the 2020 - 2021 school year and none of them believe this year will be back to usual. They are speaking of alternating days or an am/pm schedule. Some say we may not return in the fall at all. They are planning to ensure proper social distancing in schools and on busses. Many things need to be sorted out in the next few weeks- and money and politics are of course involved.

Many restaurants have not open yet, because they are afraid they are not meeting the requirements set forth, so they delayed up to a week past the reopen date. Those that are, only have outside dining. Everyone is wearing masks! Heck, even most of the protesters were wearing masks. Libraries are beginning to open up (for pick up only) and many that I contacted in my area last week were still closed. Performances for the summer are cancelled.

As it relates to being the owner of a live performance company that serves the library, school, fair and festival market - I would say the outlook here is not good, at all. While I am hopeful that assemblies may return to schools, being objective and looking at the current landscape - there is a far greater than 50% chance that it will not happen, even if Coronavirus statistics do not climb (which again is nowhere near certain). I do hope the fairs that have not yet cancelled find a way to stay open and bring in entertainment for shows. Again, while that is my hope- objectively, I doubt it - based upon how things have been going here and how conservative everyone has been. Itís important to maintain objectivity when prioritizing and planning business opportunities.
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My area seems like itís in the middle. Iíd say 50/50 or so are wearing masks when in public but it seems like 100% of staff are wearing masks at restaurants and coffee shops and stores. A few tourist attractions around me just opened this weekend with reservations only, limited seating, masks reccommended, etc.

The musical artist Iím working for this year (well was supposed to be working for) just told everyone yesterday he was feeling iffy that the fall tour will happen and heís HOPING he can still do his Christmas tour. (National touring artist).
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It just keeps getting stranger and stranger! Iím tempted to go to Branson just to see some magic shows in case everything goes downhill again!

Disneyland announced reopening and then pushed back.
Disneyworld is still on for reopening as of now.

Mindoro - anything in Vegas happening yet? Mac King said he thought one of the variety shows had opened and then had to close again? (That was on macís interview with Franz this week). I know casinos are open again but havenít heard anything about shows yet.
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No major shows yet and the way things are gooing it could be a while. Casinos on and off the stirp have been open two weeks today, and only local (non-famous/known acts), but things are getting worse and are not going as expected. Hardly anyone wearing masks, increased cases reported, and now they are saying things may be 10x worse than what's being reported.

Plus many entertainers/performance venues are concerned with the political correctness concerns/issues as well.


As of midnight tonight the Governor has issued a mandate for masks to be worn (mandatory) in all public places and venues open to the public. Some restaurants that re-opened are have now started to close, 5 so far, as well as some other businesses. I expect it to turn more for the worse rather than getting better. All reported increased statistics are as of Memorial Day before things even reopened.

D**n tourists, lol.
Ken Northridge
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It just keeps getting stranger and stranger!

My thoughts exactly!

My summer is a big question mark. Many gigs are still cancelling, but a got few new bookings including a new strolling gig for July 4th! I did not expect my first gig to be a strolling gig. Its outdoors but still, I will have to navigate the acceptability of the magic happening in the spectators hands and handing out props for inspection. Close up magic is certainly not as strong without these things. Plus, trying to do 'Close up' magic six feet away is silly.

It remains to be seen if this gig will not cancel also. I've had a few people call wanting a magic show, but when I start talking about the precautions I will take because of covid19 they lose interest and never call back!

I fear the 2020/2021 school assembly season will be lost. Large gatherings like this indoors will be the last thing to come back.

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Plus many entertainers/performance venues are concerned with the political correctness concerns/issues as well.


It is amazing to see how political and divisive this face mask issue has become. There is great anger on both sides. And you are forced to take a side because you can't hide it.

I love that Back to the Future meme, "Marty, Whatever you do, don't go to the year 2020!"

Isn't that the truth!
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Oh this whole thing is political make no mistake. Still a virus, still a bad one but this is political and it is sad.
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Oh this whole thing is political make no mistake. Still a virus, still a bad one but this is political and it is sad.

It is a shame that more people don't realize this is political.
May every day be magic!

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Id you haven't heard yet, Broadway is closed for the rest of 2020.

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Broadway seems to be planning on 2021. Ouch.


Yea we heard.
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Cirque Du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/cir......=BBnbfcL
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Ken Northridge
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New Jersey indoor dining was supposed to open July 2nd. However, The Governor just announced indoor dining is now prohibited indefinitely.

Corona Virus outlook: Bad!
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New Jersey indoor dining was supposed to open July 2nd. However, The Governor just announced indoor dining is now prohibited indefinitely.

Corona Virus outlook: Bad!


Very. Events that were still on for August and October just cancelled on me in the last couple of days. Not looking good.
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New Jersey indoor dining was supposed to open July 2nd. However, The Governor just announced indoor dining is now prohibited indefinitely.

Corona Virus outlook: Bad!


Meanwhile shows in Branson are running along with indoor dining.
Danny Doyle
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Mark Boody Illusionist
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On Jun 30, 2020, Ken Northridge wrote:
New Jersey indoor dining was supposed to open July 2nd. However, The Governor just announced indoor dining is now prohibited indefinitely.

Corona Virus outlook: Bad!


Meanwhile shows in Branson are running along with indoor dining.


Along with SDC with social distancing and masks as well as limiting the amount of guests on park.
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Yea for better or worse it seems as if the town is moving forward with being open for summer.

I make NO judgments of whether it is right or wrong. It just is.

SDC will have trouble with occupancy with the mask rule I know that much.

New things happen every day.
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Danny

So true regarding SDC, right now park capacity is 9000 guests, however we are doing about half that.

If you don't like the crowds, it would be a good time to come.

Mark
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Danny

So true regarding SDC, right now park capacity is 9000 guests, however we are doing about half that.

If you don't like the crowds, it would be a good time to come.

Mark


Are any indoor shows happening? At sdcís sister park Dollywood, I donít think any indoor shows are open but there is outdoor entertainment.
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ThomasR

As of right now, no indoor shows. The shows that are happening are in "open air" theaters with
social distancing protocols. No audience participants and entrances and exits into & out the theaters
are "one way". All seating is being sanitized between shows.

Mark
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ThomasR

As of right now, no indoor shows. The shows that are happening are in "open air" theaters with
social distancing protocols. No audience participants and entrances and exits into & out the theaters
are "one way". All seating is being sanitized between shows.

Mark


My friend Mike Bliss is doing his show outdoors.

Good thing for Mike he is so creative. His show was LOTS of audience stuff. Obviously he has to change that, but if anyone can adapt it is him.
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