Live Performance Industry Releases COVID Safe Guidelines
Actors, musicians and crew will be forced to have regular COVID-19 tests, and limit their interaction with people outside of their production when major performance returns to the stage, under guidelines released by Live Performance Australia.
The guidelines cover auditions, rehearsals and performances, as well as touring of live performances.
LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said the live performance industry was committed to reducing the risk of community transmission in the general public and protecting and promoting the health and safety of its workers and audiences.
“These guidelines have been reviewed by medical experts and will help our industry understand what they need to do to keep our performing arts venues and workplaces safe.
“People in our industry are passionate about getting back to work and engaging and entertaining live audiences, but safety must be our top priority to ensure the well-being of our workers and audiences,” Ms Richardson said.
Some of the key points for artists:
Performers, musicians, creatives and crew may be asked to get tested for COVID-19 prior to and during rehearsals.
Where physical distancing for musicians and performers is not possible face shields and screens will be encouraged.
Workers may be asked to limit their interaction with people outside of the production to reduce risks to the general community.
A protocol to avoid common touching of objects such as props, sound equipment, hair and make-up tools.
Some of the key points for members of the public:
Longer call times to adhere to distancing and cleaning requirements.
All ushers armed with alcohol-based disinfectant.
One way entrance to theatre. Lining up outside with heating.
Regular cleaning of contact points.
Temperature checks will not be compulsory. Adherence to social distancing but no mention of masks.
Ms Richardson said the live performance industry was committed to working closely with state and territory governments on the implementation of the guidelines and restarting the live performance industry.
“In addition to the emergency funding assistance that governments have provided to help our industry through this crisis, enabling our companies to reactivate and our performers to get back on stage in front of audiences is the best form of support they need.
“These guidelines provide the pathway for reopening venues and bringing our live performance industry back to life in the months ahead,” Ms Richardson said.
View the updated version of the PAC Australia Guidelines for COVID Safe Theatres here.