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  • Practice physical distancing. Keep six feet/two meters away from people to the extent possible.
  • Wear a mask when around others in close proximity.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wear gloves when needed and throw them away after use and hand sanitizer.
  • Respectfully refrain from shaking hands or hugging anyone.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with the elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw the tissue away after using it.
  • Keep rubber gloves, disinfectant wipes, spray, and hand sanitizer in your car or bag.
  • Bring wipes for your workplace and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at regular intervals.
  • Take your temperature regularly and get tested periodically if you are at risk.
  • Carry your own pen or pencil
  • Regularly wipe down cell phones, tablets, and computers.
  • Do your best to refrain from touching anything without hand sanitizing before and after. This includes mics, instruments, lounge tables, refrigerator handles, door handles, headphones, amps, cables, cases, gear bags, pedals, pens (bring your own), paperwork, paper clips, etc. in the recording studio, on stage, or in vehicles to and from the job.
  • Musicians should wear masks-except singers, wind and brass players.
  • Bring your own microphone and cable.
  • No close seating throughout the venue and at the bar.
  • No dancing. Use the dance floor to keep a safe distance from the stage to the audience.
  • One act must leave the stage before the next comes on.
  • Stage, mics and cables must be sanitized between acts.
  • Wear a mask while passing the tip jar.
  • Use a Virtual Tip Jar or a similar app in addition to or instead of cash tips.
  • Consider using drum shield-style plexiglass in front of the stage (singers) and between and/or in front of winds and brass.
  • Before and after shows, if you normally interface with fans, refrain from touching them (handshakes, hugs, etc.). Explain it from the stage if you feel it is necessary.
  • Do not allow fans to touch the merchandise, if possible. Designate a single CD, book, t-shirt, etc. as a “store sample” and clean/disinfect before and after each show.
  • Wear gloves when handling cash and credit cards. Use contactless payment methods whenever possible.
  • Do not wear stage clothing from night to night without first washing them, preferably in hot water. If they cannot be washed, spray the clothing with a disinfectant spray.
  • Everyone in the studio and control room should wear a mask, not just the musicians.
  • Use disinfecting towelettes to wipe down studio equipment before and after use.
  • Common areas in facilities should be cleaned/sanitized regularly (e.g., light switches, surfaces, doorknobs, phones, water dispensers, coffee machines, cabinet and refrigerator handles, microwave buttons, ventilation grills, chairs and arm/back rests, etc.).
  • Studios should be cleaned/sanitized before and after each session, including the microphone, POP filters, music stands, and any other equipment the performer will come in contact with.
  • Vocalists, brass, and wind players should wear masks except when playing.
  • Everyone brings their own headphones.
  • No congregating in the control room (it helps to have speakers in the main room).
  • Six feet/two meters between players in a room-limit the number of musicians accordingly.
  • Twelve feet/3.6 meters between winds/brass, singers, and other musicians if in the same room.
  • Only individuals in isolation booths.
  • Winds and brass sections recorded separately, when possible (otherwise distanced as stated above).
  • No congregating in close groups.
  • No group photos.

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