STATEWIDE — The Maine Arts Commission distributed a survey in July to assess if people would be comfortable with reopening.
The survey was intended to get an idea if people would visit a performance at any art venues or public presentations.
After just a few months, they’ve received more than 4,000 responses.
“When people were asked if they would be comfortable attending a live event, the vast majority said not until a vaccine and that was repeated several times throughout the survey and it just kept coming up,” said Julie Richard, the commission’s executive director.
Of those who responded, 60 percent said they would “somewhat feel comfortable” attending an outdoor event, while 80 percent said they “would not” if there wasn’t adequate spacing or seating.
Richard said the commission expected a response of this nature but noted the needed data will help with future decisions.