Long term COVID impacts beset sector

The cumulative impact of repeated cancellations and lost work opportunities will affect the sector for years to come.

With health impacts including fatigue, lung and heart damage, and problems with memory and concentration, Long COVID is something we’ll be dealing with collectively for some time.

Nor is the arts ecology immune from long-term pandemic impacts, with the cumulative effects of disruptions, cancellations and lost employment opportunities likely to be felt across the sector for years to come.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts