Updated COVID safety protocols for Broadway’s return to the stage

Posted on: July 7, 2021

“As Broadway productions prepare to welcome back audiences, Actors’ Equity Association, the union representing stage performers and stage managers, has issued new guidelines for productions that employ its members,” writes Ryan McPhee in Friday’s (7/2) Playbill. “The updated safety protocols include measures for ‘fully vaccinated’ companies, in which all Equity members and those who interact with them are 14 days past their final dose of an … authorized vaccine, as well as workplaces where there is more than one unvaccinated adult (or unvaccinated minors). The protocols are a follow-up to Equity’s previously released guidelines, which were in effect from April through June 30. Many of the items that appeared there remain in effect, including ventilation standards and the implementation of a COVID-19 safety manager…. Absent from the ‘fully vaccinated’ protocols are mask requirements for audience members, though whether theatregoers will be asked to wear face coverings is dependent on local government’s recommendations.… Audiences … must be seated at least 10 feet from the stage.… The new guidelines … are in effect through September 30. They do not apply to touring shows; Equity and the Broadway League reached an agreement on safety guidelines for those productions (including vaccine requirements) in June.”