No Masks required for performers on set!
Here is a summary that we have compiled for WeAudition members on how SAG AFTRA believes producers can provide a safer set and safer casting before we have a COVID-19 vaccine.
The aim is to mitigate the risk of actors getting sick when they are not following distancing guidelines for long periods of time.
What does it mean for actors?
- Regular, consistent testing
- A new ‘ZONE’ system A B and C (Actors in Zone A)
- No one can be allowed access to Zone A (or Zone B) for the first time unless they have been tested and cleared within the last 24 hours.
- Zone A personnel should be tested three
times a week at a minimum
- Daily nasopharyngeal testing if intimate contact, or extreme exertion
- Crew in PPE (Masks etc)
- CLOSED SET
- 10 hour working day
- Staggered meals
Definition of SAG AFTRA Covid-19 Zone A:
Zone A is any perimeter within which activity occurs without physical distancing or the use of PPE. In most cases, this will mean performers working on set with no protection alongside crew.
Zone A is a bubble encasing closely vetted vulnerable people. It can be as small or as large as necessary, can function only for a few hours if need be, and can include controlled points of access between different Zone As.
What does it Recommend for Casting?
- Remote casting sessions and callbacks with live broadcast capabilities like WeAudition recommended where possible
- “live” auditions must be at spaced intervals to
accommodate physical distancing. There will be a waiting
place for actors to congregate where physical distancing
can apply, or you will wait in your car and be called.
- Digitally distribute scripts/rundowns/schedules with
provisions made for confidentiality, i.e., digitally signed
- You might be asked to check in via your phone from outside the casting area and only attend when you have a text.
- In-person auditions are discouraged
- If an in-person group audition is required, actors should have a partition placed in between them, or at a minimum wear clear
face shields, all of which to be provided by the producer.
This is a joint report from the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees.
June 2020 Note: SAG AFTRA have said that they do not approve of any waiver which producers are asking performers to sign as a condition of employment. For the latest update see the SAG AFTRA website Covid page.
Stay safe everyone.