Beethoven masks up. ([hptp: Mark Gresham)

Four Things for Fall

Be part of the solution. Do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mark Gresham | 7 SEP 2020

Labor Day marks the cultural beginning of the Fall season for most Americans, despite the fact that the autumnal equinox does not arrive for another two weeks. Under normal circumstances, it’s when most performing arts organizations and educational institutions begin to launch their new season of live events.

But these are not normal circumstances. We remain in the grips of a pandemic, and even though it seems to be loosening somewhat there is still great uncertainty among artists and arts organizations about when or whether to return to presenting and attending live, in-person performances. Each institution if working hard to find its own safe path toward getting back to some normalcy – and their survival depends upon it. And you can help by being a part of the solution.


In late July, Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey called on all Georgians to do “Four Things for Four Weeks” as part their daily routines to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. EarRelevant endorsed the initiative which asked all Georgians to:

1) Wear a mask when out in public or when you cannot keep distance inside.

2) Practice physical distancing — six feet from those you don’t live with.

3) Wash your hands for 20 seconds several times throughout the day with soap and warm water.

4) Follow the Governor’s uniform statewide Executive Order of March 14, 2020 [PDF download] and heed the guidance provided by public health officials.

On Friday, September 4, Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health extended that call to action under the banner “Four Things for Fall.” The complete press release can be found here, on the GA DPH website, and includes additional helpful links. ■