This Updated Guidance is based on our Expert Medical Advisory Panel’s assessment of the new CDC Community Risk Level Framework tool and the continuing distinctive risks that COVID-19 poses for our members.
The CDC’s Community Risk Level Framework is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be Low, Medium, or High based on hospital admissions, the total number of beds being used, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in the area.
Whether they are making magic happen from backstage or acting, singing, and dancing on the stage, our members face unique challenges in their workplaces. Dropping mask requirements will likely increase the risk to artists from unmasked audiences. By now, we also know that the SARS-CoV-2 virus will continue to mutate. The severity of disease, transmissibility, and immune avoidance associated with any future variants cannot be predicted.
Based on these realities, our Expert Medical Advisory panel recommends a cautious and incremental approach to lifting proven safeguards. Leveraging the new CDC Community Risk Level Framework while maintaining some layers of additional control (vaccines, testing, ventilation, mask use, and physical distancing) will help keep our members rehearsing and performing safely.
As always, the goal of AGMA is the safety, health, and success of our artists and companies. Any proposed changes to existing safety protocols by AGMA Signatory Companies must be reviewed and discussed with your AGMA representative prior to implementation. We thank our members and companies for their patience and collaboration as we continue to maintain health and safety in our workplaces.