Actors’ Equity has unveiled four overarching principles needed to safely reopen theaters across the country.
The preliminary principles, designed by epidemiologist Dr. David Michaels, rely on increased and rapid testing capabilities both within regions and theaters, as well as collaboration from all parties to enact possible social distancing measures and increased sanitation practices. Until employers enact these protocols, the union is telling its members not to participate in any productions.
These are all initial guidelines crafted by Michaels and Equity, with more detailed measures to come. Michaels formatted these principles after speaking with Off-Broadway and Broadway producers, one of the Broadway League’s task forces and other epidemiologists. Other unions, including IATSE, have hired their own epidemiologists to create safety measures.