Did you see the Greater Cincinnati landmarks lit up in red on Tuesday night?
Several landmarks, including the Purple People Bridge and the Aronoff Center for the Arts, have been bathed in red light to “identify the difficulties facing the hospitality and entertainment industry and its employees as a result of the COVD-19 pandemic.”
Purple People Bridge officials said the bridge was lit in red from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday as part of a regional and national red alert effort. The red lights in Cincinnati were a one-night event, according to Game Day Communications.
Covington-based MAC Productions is responsible for lighting the bridge, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, and other red facilities this week.
“This is a regional and national effort to alert the public to the difficulties these companies are experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that they will not be able to operate during this time, which also means theirs Employees cannot work. Mike Claypool, owner and president of MAC Productions, said in a statement.
Entertainment companies are expected to lose between 70 and 100 percent of their business in the 2020 calendar year, according to Claypool.
“Unfortunately, this means many of them are unlikely to make it through the pandemic,” he said.
The “Red Alert” event also encourages people to ask Congress to pass the RESTART bill, Aronoff officials said. The RESTART law will continue legislation on pandemic unemployment benefits.
“The nationwide event will illuminate more than 5,000 buildings across North America – including the Aronoff Center and Music Hall. The aim is to raise public awareness that the live events industry is on Red Alert for survival, and pressure Congress to act now, “Aronoff officials said.
Here are the other venues that participated in the Red Alert:
- The Carnegie
- Cincinnati Museum Center
- Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
- Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
- Duke Energy Convention Center
- Ensemble Theater Cincinnati
- Great American ball park
- Heritage Bank Center
- Do you know theater
- Music hall
- Northern Kentucky Convention Center
- Playhouse in the park
- PNC Pavilion at the Riverbend Music Center
- Riverbend Music Center
- Taft theater
- Warsaw National Inclination Theater
- Washington Park stage