Recently, Joe Patti published an article at ArtsHacker that examines a COVID-19 reopening guide from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union which has members working in performing arts venues, convention centers, movies, and television productions.
If you work in an environment that employs IATSE members, it is worth reviewing the guidelines to get a sense of what the union expects working conditions to look like. Granted, these specific rules will be more applicable to opera organizations than orchestras, but it’s still an excellent example of how stakeholders are accepting the new normal and adapting.
One of the more interesting segments is about shared wardrobe spaces:
- For example, a small group of performers and dressers can be formed as a “work team” to limit their exposure.
- Dressers should not “float” through the entire cast.
- Performers should be instructed to dispose of used tissues, lozenges, etc. in trash receptacles, rather than handing them to dressers and guardians
- Performers may not be able to wear face masks or PPE in costume. Workers in close proximity to actors without face masks shall wear a properly fitted N95 face mask and face shield at all times and perform hand hygiene before and after the encounter.
- No one should enter a workspace while Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists are working with an Actor
- Mix foundation, powders, lipstick, etc on a separate clean palette for each individual