NATIONWIDE: The Actors Equity Association, the national association representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has updated safety procedures for theaters nationwide with the companies. have been fully vaccinated, including the lifting of screening duties and face coverings.

Kate Shindle, president of the AEA, said in a statement: “The health and safety of our members comes first. “We are delighted by the drop in infection rates across the country, because so many people are doing their part and getting vaccinated. As such, it will now be a smoother and less expensive process for employers to summon our members to work. We still need to work on this virus, but we are very hopeful in the coming months.”

The updated protocols, in effect through the end of September, still require manufacturers to conduct “ventilation verification,” have a trained “COVID safety officer” on site, and follow the protocols. sanitation program. While the new strict regulations require that “all Equity members and all those who interact with actors and stage managers be fully vaccinated”, theater audience immunization status unresolved. Instead, a section of the “fully vaccinated safe driver” states prohibitions on behind-the-scenes tours, meet and greets, autographs, etc., and requires a minimum distance 10 feet minimum between audience and performers. Equity has negotiated separate protocols with the Broadway League for national tours, and negotiations over Broadway safety protocols are ongoing.

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