If you haven’t already, I’m sure you’re thinking about getting back on the road and playing shows. That being said, we all want to be as safe as possible as we venture back into normalcy. The CDC recently released their latest COVID guidelines for live shows, so these tips are inspired by those as well as recommendations from local artists in our area and the American Federation of Musicians. To make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep COVID at bay, here are some safety measures to consider…
COVID Measures To Take While Touring
- Disinfect your gear before and after your performance. (mics, instruments, lounge tables, refrigerator handles, door handles, headphones, amps, cables, cases, gear bags, pedals, etc.)
- Modify the event layout for social distancing.
- Require masks during the event.
- Utilize contactless entry. (Where your phone is your ticket.)
- Take your temperature/get tested regularly.
- Offer hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue.
- Refrain from hugging your fans after the show. (This one’s hard, I know.)
- Don’t share your equipment with other bands.
- Bring your own mic and cable.
- Make sure each act leaves the stage before the next comes on.
- If you’re selling merch, provide one sample of each item which can be cleaned before and after the show.
- Skip the group photos.
- Work with local health officials and develop a plan in case the situation changes and the meeting must be cancelled or postponed. Develop specific criteria for postponing or cancelling and outline what the refund or re-ticket policy will be.
- If you’re sick, stay home!
Research has shown that vaccinations have proven to be highly effective against COVID, but we understand that not everyone has been vaccinated quite yet. That being said, the CDC recommends implementing the use of masks wherever possible, especially in areas with high transmission levels.
Our best note of advice is to simply use your common sense. Wash your hands. Social distance. The works. Remember, we’re all in this together. With everyone on board with safety measures like these, we’ll be able to return back to complete normalcy in no time.