SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utahns will see a “new normal” as venues, trade shows and festivals open with greater capacity this summer.
“I’ve missed humanity, I’m sure you have too. And I’m really excited to experience the magic of the live festival again this year, ”said Crystal Young-Otterstrom, Executive Director of the Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA).
The UCA has found that consumer confidence is growing. A survey they conducted found that Utahns are anxious and excited to return to venues across the country, and most feel safe returning to outdoor venues.
“Starting with the Pride Festival in June – it looks a little different from the past, but it happens. In August you will see a lot more normalcy. You’ll see the Utah Arts Festival, Urban Arts Festival, and Craft Lake City, ”said Young-Otterstrom.
The venue stayed pretty much Monday, but they’ll soon be welcoming guests to their events.
“USANA opens, Red Butte opens. You will be able to see all the acts and shows that you missed last year, ”she said.
Throughout the summer, Young-Otterstrom said the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuachan Festival, and Moab Music Festival are sure to put together full seasons.
She said more people are being admitted to the venues compared to last year. From Monday, masks are still required for events with 50 or more people.
“We want you there and we want you there safe. We need you there in your mask, ”said Young-Otterstrom.
According to Young-Otterstrom, the statewide guidelines are likely to be dropped and the local health districts will decide what comes next.
“There will be different rules, maybe in different counties in the state,” she said.
Young-Otterstrom said to make sure you know the rules before going to an event.
“We are all trying to do our best here to entertain and move you anyway and hope that you can experience these things again, but also bring everyone to safety,” she said.
Last year Utah’s entertainment industry was $ 75 million in success and cost 25,000 Utahns their jobs.
“Seeing this return in greater normality means not only a return to humanity and a life for me and I hope for all of you, but also that my companies can survive in my industry – that they can pay their bills and that their employees can this can pay your rent, ”said Young-Otterstrom.
Upcoming events will be published on nowplayingutah.com.