We hope that you remain safe and healthy during these uncertain times. It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen across the country. The number of positive cases in the US has surpassed 160,000 cases in one day. Some states are reevaluating their reopening plans and reinstituting restrictions, though there is great inconsistency in this from state to state.
AGMA is closely assessing the situation and how it varies across the country. From the outset, AGMA’s main priorities have been the health, safety, and livelihood of our members. With no available vaccine, hospitals once again under strain, and deaths from the virus still on the rise, AGMA has recommitted to working collaboratively with our companies to mitigate the increased risks to AGMA Artists. However, if things continue to only worsen, companies may have no other option but to scale back our Artists returning to work.
We know that is the last thing you want. It is the last thing that we want too, particularly given the many success stories we have seen of companies bringing Artists back to work in creative and safe ways. AGMA stands ready to work with you and our companies to assess and respond to the increased risks of the pandemic’s second wave.
We have reconvened our medical team to evaluate the current situation and to revise the AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook -- relying on available data and science. We will continue to update you as much as we can, as new information becomes available.
For your reference, we have included the memo from AGMA that was sent to all AGMA Signatory Companies yesterday related to this.
As the holiday season approaches, please stay safe and stay hopeful.
Len Egert, National Executive Director
Ray Menard, AGMA President