Health and Safety Measures
The health and safety of our staff and artists are Signature Theatre’s highest priority, and to that aim we have developed a comprehensive plan to adhere to guidelines as laid out by the CDC, local and state authorities, and our union partners. This plan covers the Theatre’s response to COVID-19 for general operations, production work, and live filmed performances.
COVID-19 poses a degree of risk to everyone. This plan will outline Signature’s response to those risks. We are guided by three core principles:
- Mitigation: Signature is committed to taking steps to keep all staff and Performing Company members safe and mitigating the risk they’re undertaking.
- Awareness: Signature wants all staff and Performing Company members to be aware of the working conditions, risks, and how they’ve been mitigated.
- Community: Signature expects all staff and Performing Company members to collaborate in the safety and wellbeing of each other. We all have a shared responsibility to the group.
Signature has set up the following plans for addressing the workplace needs as well as employee safety and health during the pandemic.
The following apply to all individuals:
- All staff shall telework where feasible.
- No one shall be allowed onto the premises who is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- The Managing Director shall approve additional sick time, as needed, to discourage employees reporting to work sick.
- Social distancing measures will be enforced at all times, where possible, excepting performers who are actively rehearsing or filming, including break times and before and after work hours.
- When onsite, face coverings (clean, fitted masks of at least two layers) shall be worn by all persons not actively performing.
- When onsite, all County and State guidelines on physical distancing shall be observed, to the extent possible.
- All HVAC systems shall be set to mitigate transmission to the fullest extent possible.
- Access to workspaces shall be restricted to relevant personnel.
- Access to common areas shall be reduced to comply with social distancing requirements.
- All surfaces shall be cleaned and sterilized daily, and with shift changes where needed.
- All employees shall engage in hourly hand washing.
- All shared tools and worksurfaces shall be sterilized before and after each use.
- Face shields shall be provided for tasks within minimum social distancing guides.
- Gloves, alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer will always be available for use, and will be required for certain tasks.
There are additional protocols for in-person rehearsals, performances, and filming:
- There are a designated health safety supervisor and health safety manager. The health officers have the authority to stop or alter activities to ensure that all work practices conform to the mandatory safety and health requirements applicable to COVID-19 as well as any other infectious disease hazards.
- While theatrical productions are taking place, the Theatre shall utilize a Zone System so that different workers (administration, performers, production staff) are restricted to specific entrances and exits and areas of the building, reducing contact between groups who don’t need to work together for the production.
- Non-performers in rehearsal or performances shall use N95/KN95 respirators.
- Face shields need to be worn by all non-performers working near a performer.
- Where possible, tools and equipment shall be assigned to a single person. Shared tools are to be sterilized with alcohol wipes before and after each use.
- Body mics will be new and only used for a single performer. Microphones that are shared will be outfitted with screens and nylon socks (new for each user) and will be fully sterilized before and after each use.
- All props will be sterilized before delivery to rehearsal or stage.
- Costumes will be sterilized and laundered before delivery to rehearsal or dressing rooms.
- All individuals are required to wash hands for a minimum of twenty seconds on arrival, on being released to break, and on return from break. Crew are to wash hands prior to starting and after finishing any artist involved task.
- Any out of town company members will be encouraged to travel alone in vehicles. Any company member who must travel by air or rail will be tested prior to departure, upon arrival, and again prior to entering their zone for the first time.
- All company housing will be single occupancy. Residences will be cleaned and sterilized prior to company member’s arrival.
- Hospitality meals will be delivered in individually sealed orders and provided with single use utensils.
Identification and Isolation of Exposed Employees, and Testing Protocols
The following individuals should not report to work. Additionally, individuals who develop symptoms during their shift must immediately report to their supervisor and/or Human Resources.
- Individuals who display COVID-19 symptoms, whether or not accompanied by a formal COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional.
- Individuals who, in the last 14 days, have had close contact with and/or live with any person having a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- All individuals will be required to take COVID-19 training before starting onsite work.
- All individuals will be required to take a self-screening test before they arrive for onsite work.
- For rehearsals, performances and filming all individuals working will be tested regularly.
- Prior to the start of each day test results will be reviewed. In the event of a positive test result, all work in the facility will be suspended.
- Individuals present at the work site during the previous 14 days from the date of the positive test will be notified that there was a positive test result (confidentiality measures in place as to not identify the individual who tested positive).
Isolation and Mitigation
Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or received a positive SARS-CoV-2 test may only return to work upon achieving the following conditions:
- Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
- Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay for COVID-19 from two consecutive specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.
- Individuals who worked closely with another individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be allowed to return to work only after they have passed the testing protocol or 14 days have passed without any symptoms.
- Prior to resuming work, the facility will be cleaned and disinfected