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COVID-19 is suffocating the arts and culture world; now the public will experience the backlash

By SUNITA SOHRABJI/EMS Contributing Editor and ONME Newswire

The COVID-19 pandemic has largely decimated the arts scene in California, wiping out local theater companies, many of which offer a cultural lifeline to their communities.

Even before shelter-in-place orders were mandated across the state, many live performance venues had already curtailed their calendar of events, mindful of community spread in enclosed spaces which did not allow for social distancing. Museums have also been shuttered since early March, and speaking and literary engagements have also been canceled.