Today, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) released an Updated Guidance on Masking/Testing for AGMA Dancers. This Updated Guidance is directed to AGMA dancers, dance companies, and opera company dancers when they are rehearsing separately. The purpose of this Guidance is to allow vaccinated dancers, in some circumstances, to remove masks during rehearsals if the company implements a robust COVID-19 testing program. As always, any proposed changes to existing safety protocols at AGMA signatory companies must be bargained with your AGMA staff representative prior to implementation. AGMA will continue to address opera and choral company requests for limited unmasking of singers on a case-by-case basis.
Most AGMA signatory dance companies have returned to the stage or are well into rehearsals for upcoming live performances. Wearing a mask during long periods of intense physical exertion has become increasingly difficult for many dancers. The AGMA Medical Advisory Board reviewed these concerns along with the assurances provided by many companies that they were willing to incur the costs of comprehensive testing programs.
Note: All scenarios assume the fundamental safety protocols of the AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook remain in place, including, but not limited to sufficient ventilation, cleaning/disinfecting protocols, hand hygiene practices, and daily health screenings.
As always, AGMA’s goal is the safe and successful return of our artists and our companies.