The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- Performers should wear face coverings when feasible. These could either be masks or face shields. When not feasible, maintain at least 20 feet between performers and audience or use a barrier between performers and audience.
- Require attendees to mask while on site.
- If the performance includes the sale of tickets, install plastic barriers between staff and the public.
- Place barriers around stage to keep audience members from coming within 20 feet of the stage or performance site.
- Screen every staff member and/or performer for symptoms before every rehearsal, performance or shift and prevent them from remaining on site if they have cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell. Screen all staff and performers for recent exposure to COVID-19.
- It is not necessary to conduct onsite temperature measurement for staff, performers, or attendees. If you measure temperatures, use a no-touch thermometer, and do not allow anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher to remain onsite.
- Have sick leave policies in place so that employees excluded from the workplace do not lose earnings and ticket exchange policies (for ticketed events) to allow patrons who are symptomatic or have been exposed to exchange their tickets.
- If an employee develops COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, businesses and other organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further. Required precautions include calling PDPH at (215) 685-5488 to report positive cases.
- Ask attendees to remain at least 6 feet from others not in their group.
- Establish procedures to prevent crowding among persons waiting for tickets or to enter the performance venue.
- Consider the use of sidewalk decals, chalked or painted circles, or other visual cues to encourage customers to stay at least 6 feet apart and at least 20 feet from performers during performances and events.
- Use non-contact payment methods if possible.
- For drive-in events, ensure that cars remain at least 6 feet apart (window to window) and that attendees stay in their cars. Car windows may be open or closed.
- Outdoor events and gatherings are limited to 20% of maximum occupancy.
- If attendees are exclusively seated for the duration of the event in assigned seats, up to 6 people may be seated together and food and beverages may be consumed. Each group should be seated at least 6 feet from any neighboring group.
- If attendees are not exclusively seated in assigned seats for the duration of the event, for example a concert on a lawn, food may be consumed but the event is limited to no more than 100 attendees.
- Delay events likely to be particularly large or to which vulnerable groups such as the elderly are expected.
- If audience are seated at tables, only 6 per table are permitted.
- Do not permit lines of more than ten (10) customers to form for any reason
- Select performance pieces that require a small group of performers (<10) and cohort performance groups to minimize the total numbers of work-exposures experienced by staff and ensemble.
- Plan for inclement weather. It will not be permissible for attendees to crowd together if it rains.
- Ensure that all performers and other staff wash hands or use hand sanitizer on arrival to rehearsals and performances and before and after breaks.
- Place hand sanitizer near payment counter for ticket sales, take-out and mobile carts.
- If food is served, handwashing stations are required outside to prohibit guests/audience members from using indoor restrooms solely for handwashing purposes.
- Clean high touch areas (e.g. ticket counter) between customers.
- Educate performers and other staff about symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.
- Remind artists who are sick or have come in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days to stay home and follow CDC quarantine guidelines. Artists who have no symptoms can end their quarantine after:
- 10 days without screening, OR
- 7 days after receiving a negative result (laboratory or rapid method) for a test performed after 5 days.
- Persons who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19 if they meet all of the following criteria:
- They are fully vaccinated, and it’s been at least 2 weeks after the last dose in the vaccine series,
- They are within 3 months following g receipt of the last dose in the series; AND,
- They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
- Vaccination is not 100% effective.
- Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
- Anyone who is positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to CDC guidelines.
- After vaccination you must still wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid crowds.
- Post prominent signs:
- Asking people who are sick or have had contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days to stay at home.
- Encouraging people to cover coughs or sneezes.
- Mandating physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Mandating that all attendees wear face coverings.
- PA Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster
- Social gathering guidance
- Calculating isolation and quarantine period (PDF)
- Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
- Call (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional on the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.