COVID staff shortages threaten arts events

As ACMI and HOTA cancel events due to staffing shortages, the question is not if but when will staff be unable to work.

Again we are seeing arts and entertainment venues slayed by COVID due to negligent governance, and even with two years of experience it wasn’t enough to teach a lesson.

While rapid testing shortages are adding precariousness of the performing art, staffing shortages due to high infection rates are quickly becoming major drawbacks for museums and galleries, even one such as ACMI.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_