Breaking Down the Current Festival COVID-19 Artist, Producer and Crew Safety Plan
by bella luna ·
Below is our 2022 Artist, Producer, and Crew Safety Plan. This document is for artists/producers/crew at the Fringe only, not audiences. Audience guidance will come April 18, 2022, two weeks before tickets go on sale.
If you are fully vaccinated (taken all eligible shots, including boosters), these are the requirements:
You may attend all Hollywood Fringe sponsored events if you
Present proof of full vaccination (taken all eligible shots, including boosters, see below for full details) against COVID-19 along with a photo ID.
At all in-person meetings, events, and performances, you will be required to wear a mask indoors in compliance with the current LA County mandate.
Your mask must be a medical grade mask and worn while on site (surgical/3-ply, KN95, KF94 and N95 masks). Cloth masks will not be permitted at this time.
- Present proof of full vaccination (taken all eligible shots, including boosters, see below for full details) against COVID-19 along with a photo ID.
- You may perform on stage while unmasked (masking is required as soon as you exit the stage).
- Even if you are vaccinated, it is strongly recommended that you & your team test weekly while attending in person events/rehearsals/performances.
If you have proof of vaccination with all eligible shots (including boosters), you will not miss out on any Fringe event or program. Some Hollywood Fringe venues and theatre spaces will not accept unvaccinated performers in their building, and have the right to refuse service. This may apply to some Fringe sponsored event locations as well, and we will make it clear to participants which events are vaccination only.
If you are unable to get vaccinated (or get additional eligible booster shots), for medical or sincerely held religious reasons, these are the requirements to participate:
- You may attend most Fringe sponsored events if you:
- Submit verbal or written evidence that you are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons to any venue you will enter during the Festival (**if permitted).
- Provide a negative test result (within 72 hours) to be on-site in said venue and photo ID.
- At all in-person meetings, events, and performances, you will be required to wear a mask indoors in compliance with the current LA County mandate.
- You must get tested 72 hours prior to entering a Hollywood Fringe venue for tech or performances.
- Venues have the right to ask you to get tested for other meetings, walk throughs or other events.
- You may not remove your mask while you are performing at this time.
FESTIVAL EVENT COVID REQUIREMENTS:
The following events will require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (all eligible shots received, including booster if applicable) and a photo ID. If you are unvaccinated or not fully inoculated due to a medical or religious reason, you may present a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. To keep our community safe, we are also requiring medical grade masks be worn while on site (surgical/3-ply, KN95, KF94 and N95 masks). Cloth masks will not be permitted at this time.
- Town Hall #1: Welcome to Fringe
- Town Hall #2: Prepping for Fringe
- Office Hours Kick Off Fundraiser
- Opening Night Party
- Awards & Closing Night Party
Each Office Hours location has different safety measures in place. The current regulations are as follows, but are subject to change:
St Felix: Proof of vaccination OR negative test within 72 hours. Masks are required indoors, but not on their outdoor patio (although we will not be able to enforce that you wear a medical grade mask, it is highly recommended)
Three Clubs: Proof of vaccination, masks are required (although we will not be able to enforce that you wear a medical grade mask, it is highly recommended)
Broadwater Plunge: Proof of vaccination, masks are required (although we will not be able to enforce that you wear a medical grade mask, it is highly recommended)
Q1 What does Fully Vaccinated mean?
* For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19:
- Two weeks or more after they have received their last dose of the in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
- If it has been over 6 months since your last dose, you will be required to receive a booster shot, if eligible.
- If you have received all eligible doses, and there is not another dose available to you, you will be considered fully vaccinated, even if 6 months has lapsed.
Q2 Will the requirements for unboosted performers be the same as unvaccinated?
As of now, yes! You can participate using our unvaccinated requirements.
Q3 Is there a chance we may be able to perform without masks if we’re unvaccinated?
As of now, we are not making any promises, but if things lighten up, and the pandemic reaches levels similar to last summer, then yes! We likely will NOT remove testing requirements.
We are trying our best to adapt to best industry practices, as seen here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/bestpractices/venues/
If new information comes forward, we will adapt.
Q4 Why boosters?
As of now, we know it’s not a county requirement to require boosters, but this may soon change. We’re seeing many institutions changing their requirements quickly (including schools, government buildings, performing arts centers etc) to require boosters for artists, staff and crew.
We want to stay ahead of the curve and keep the requirements we put out this month in June or lighten the requirements, not add more policy later on. These requirements are the tightest we will get without a major change in government and industry policy.
Q5 Why allow unvaccinated performers?
Our policy helps us allow for exceptions, while continuing to keep the community as safe as possible by requiring masking and testing. We do not want those who are legitimately unable to get a vaccine to miss out.
That being said, some Hollywood venues will not accept unvaccinated performers in their building, and have the right to refuse service. This may apply to some Fringe sponsored event locations as well, and we will make it clear to participants which events are vaccination only.
Q6 Will an unvaccinated audience be allowed?
Because of the ever-evolving nature of this pandemic, we are going to release our audience safety guidelines on April 18, 2022. If you are interested in what our audience safety plan looked like last year, you can find it here.
Our 2022 plans will mirror these guidelines as closely as we can, while continuing to consider the new and developing health recommendations.
Q7 I’m not vaccinated but I’ve had COVID, does that count?
We know that the science has proven that this also provides a source of immunity, but this is not something we can regulate, nor is it common practice. You must still follow the rules for unvaccinated individuals at this time.