Editor’s note: Reconnecting after a traumatic year of separation and loss is a work-in-progress. KERA and The Dallas Morning News are collaborating to document how North Texas’ arts and culture scene is emerging from the pandemic. The News’ Tim Diovanni and KERA’s Jerome Weeks report on how performing arts groups and museums are grappling with state laws, CDC guidelines and a rise in coronavirus cases.
Canceling shows. Extending mask requirements. Testing staff and performers for COVID-19.
As coronavirus infections spike across the region due to the highly contagious delta variant, North Texas arts groups are again finding themselves on uncertain ground as they did in the pandemic’s earlier days.
But now there are major differences.
New state laws and executive orders restrict what businesses can do in response to COVID-19. And vaccinations are readily available.
Under an executive order signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in May, government entities — including