Reopening Guides and Resources

Safety is USITT's top priority when it comes to our members as well as the industry as a whole.

As the world begins to reopen, it is imperative that our industry adapts to and puts into place new safety precautions and procedures. Many industry professionals as well as government health organizations have put together reopening guides, resources, and new safety procedure information in light of this "new normal" for our industry. View reopening guides and resources.

These resources are to be used as a tool for industry professionals to reference when preparing to host mass gatherings, and open their theatres, businesses, venues, etc. Below you will find links to these resources. This list will be updated weekly so be sure to check back from time to time.

USITT's Technical Production Commission's "Quick Read" COVID-19 Guides

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide & ESA Reopening Guide 6-Month Update

Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the Context of COVID-19 from the World Health Organization

Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the CDC

OSHA 4045 Guidance for Returning to Work

EdTA Reccomendations for Reopening School Theatre Programs

The Safe Way Forward

OSHA 10 Steps for the Workplace to Reduce Coronavirus Risk

CDC Considerations for Events and Gatherings

CDC Events and Gatherings Readiness Planning Tool

Resuming Business Toolkit

IATSE Stagecraft Reopening Guidelines

PACC Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues (1st Edition)

IWLMSC Task Force White Paper

PERG- Safe Return to Work Guidelines (v2.0)

AGMA-SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook (v2.0)

OSHA Workplace COVID-19 Resources (updated 3/4/21)

CDC Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation

ASC Public Safestart Disclaimer: This guide is from American Shakespeare Center. It is up to date as of 10/6/2020. ASC SafeStart is the organization's evolving program of coronavirus prevention mediations. It is a series of layered mitigations that, taken collectively, represent an iterative and evolving response living and working in the age of coronavirus. The plan has been carefully formulated in consultation with an advisory group of medical experts and local officials familiar with the company's region and with ASC’s facilities.

Suggested Guidelines for the Costume Industry to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 During Fittings  (Disclaimer: This document includes information regarding the sterilization and reuse of N95-type disposable respirators, and advises that 3M currently does not recommend doing so with their products. It is important to remember that 3M is not the only manufacturer of N95-type respirators, and if supply shortages should make it necessary to consider this practice, users are strongly encouraged to research and follow the guidance provided by the manufacturer of the specific product used in your workplace.)

OSHA Lessons from COVID-related Citations

OSHA Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

Considerations for Events and Gatherings Planning Tool

CDC- Considerations for Events and Gatherings

AGMA-SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook (Version3)

CDC- Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

CDC- Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes 

NEA The Art of Reopening