Actors’ Equity released new guidelines Friday for productions that have fully vaccinated workforces.
Among the new guidelines is the requirement for a COVID-19 safety officer, weekly COVID-19 testing for cast members, provided provisions, housing and compensation for those who test positive for COVID and daily sanitization of the theater. The guidelines come after the union faced an uproar from some members, as well as producers over a previous set of guidelines that were seen as too restrictive and costly.
The protocols are intended for productions in which all Equity members, as well as those who interact with them are fully vaccinated. And while the protocols allow for more freedom in testing and in gathering, they do bring continued costs to producers.