Resources for Coronavirus Preparedness | New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Resources for Coronavirus Preparedness

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This page will be updated regularly with resources that we hope will be of value to theatres, individual theatre workers, and other cultural institutions. 


Arts, Culture, and Nonprofit Resources:, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts and culture nonprofits is a great place to find the latest upcoming webinars from a variety of sources, as well as other resources.

An article from CCS Fundraising about raising money in these challenging times (March 12, 2020)

An Article from LAPA, "What Do I Do Right Now?" Eight Actions To Take From A Master Crisis Communications Expert" (March 18, 2020)

The Lawyers Alliance for NY released a memo: Protecting your Nonprofit from COVID-19

The Event Safety Alliance offered a webinar with Dr. Stuart Weiss, M.D., a medical doctor and business continuity expert focused on special event and event production clients. The webinar was hosted on March 4, 2020. You can view the archived recording here

Theatre Communications Group offered a webinar on March 5, 2020 in which various experts, such as Charlie Nolan, a professor of epidemiology based in Seattle (one of the epicenters of the virus in the U.S.), and Greg Reiner, the director of theater at the National Endowment for the Arts, offer information and advice for theaters. You can view the archived recording here.

Howlround offered a webinar on March 16, 2020 titled "Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic." The webinar has ASL interpretation and open captioning. You can view the archived recording here.


Resources for Individual Artists and Theatre Workers:

The national Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to support individual artists and arts administrators of color who are financially impacted by COVID-19.

A list of emergency resources, crowdfunding efforts, and grant opportunities for individual artists.

A list of emergency relief funds for individual artists organized geographically.

Resources and information specifically for freelance workers from the Freelancers Union.

A crowd-sourced list of online theatre content such as streamed/recorded productions, video conference workshops, and other ways to engage with your art form while practicing social distancing.


New Jersey State Resources:

NJ nonprofits and small businesses can apply to the US Small Business Administration's Economic Industry Disaster Loan program

Information from the New Jersey Department of Labor about COVID-19 related benefits for NJ employees.

The New Jersey Department of Labor offers several programs, including the "Shared Work" program and the "Rapid Response Team" specifically designed to help employers stabilize an employer’s workforce during a period of economic disruption.

The New Jersey Department of Health has released a COVID-19 Dashboard, tracking cases by county.

The Governor is offering a daily briefing at 2pm, which can be viewed on the Office of The Governor's Youtube channel.

You can sign up for alerts from the Office of the Governor.

24-Hour Public Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

The New Jersey Department of Health has offered these guidelines for businesses (as of March 2, 2020)


General Information:

The Washington Post has a daily COVID-19 newsletter, in which all links lead to articles that can be read with no paywall. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

Dr. Stuart Weiss, M.D., a medical doctor and business continuity expert, will host a 15-20 minute update webinar every Friday at 12:00pm. 

Johns Hopkins is mapping the global locations of confirmed cases.

The CDC has posted a central hub of updated information.

The CDC has also urged businesses to prepare an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response plan and are working on guides for community- and faith-based organizations and event planners of mass gatherings to use.

The World Health Organization has shared a post on mass gatherings.


Social Distancing

An article from with "do's and don'ts" for practicing social distancing.

An article from the Washington Post with interactive graphics about the effects of social distancing. 


Condemning Racism:

Disturbing reports of discrimination, racism, and xenophobia against Asian and Asian-American people has been on the rise due to Coronavirus. As New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy has stated: "Racism against our Asian American communities is repugnant, repulsive, and wrong in good times, but it is even more repugnant and repulsive now. Our diversity is one of the core strengths of or state that will get us through this. We are one New Jersey family." We echo the words of our colleagues at NonProfit New York: “Concerns about Coronavirus should focus on the facts and ensuring the safety of our families, colleagues, and communities. Coronavirus is not an excuse for racism and xenophobia. We urge you to be kind to one another always, but especially as we make sense of how this outbreak will impact our work and our lives.”