Covid-19 impact, and future programming ideas

May 5, 2020


During this challenging time, we remain committed to our mission: to renew the heart of downtown Cleveland for today’s citizens and future generations by transforming and connecting the city’s signature public spaces.

 

We wanted to take a moment to share the impact that COVID-19 has had on our organization:

 

 

 

  1. Lost revenue. A portion of our sustainable revenue plan is earned income from events and beverage sales. The cancellation of events for March through June (and possibly longer) has eliminated many earned income opportunities.  We have turned our focus to broader fundraising efforts to make up for the lost revenue. 
     

  2. Staff are working primarily from home while keeping an eagle-eye on Public Square’s operations and maintenance.  The Downtown Cleveland Ambassadors continue to maintain regular hours for Clean and Safe services throughout Public Square.
     

  3. Our programming staff created alternate programming including Yoga on Your Screen and Square Sounds at Home, which features local musicians offering lunchtime concerts from their own homes and studios. 
     

  4. Public spaces have become an essential service to the community. Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton talk about how important it is to get outside; and we are the backyard for over 2,300 residents just a few blocks from The Square.

 


 

 

Rebol Opens for Full Service in May!


Rebol will open May 15 for outside dining and May 21 for inside seating. However, like all restaurants, Rebol will practice social distancing and mandated Ohio and Cleveland Board of Health regulations. Rebol had been closed to all services with the exception of pick-up during the “Stay At Home” order. The limited service as well as decrease in numbers of downtown workers had substantially impacted business throughout the day.

 

If you are interested in learning how to support the emerging needs of our organization please contact Thea DeRosa Cerra at theaderosacerra@clevelandpublicsquare.com.

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