What considerations should you weigh before reopening your studios?
Helpful guidance comes in the form of a document from the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing. While it targets recording and production studios, most of the advice has direct relevance to radio as well.
Just a sampling:
- Evaluate rooms in the studio facility and make necessary adjustments to ensure social distancing.
- Consider requiring individuals to wear cloth face coverings while inside the entire facility; in some parts of the country, face coverings may be required by law in outdoor areas as well.
- Have work that cannot be performed with face coverings take place in an isolation room or an otherwise empty studio.
- Consider limiting studio access to essential personnel or, at minimum, limit the number of visitors.
- You may choose to require staff or others to have their temperature taken with an infrared thermometer upon entry to the facility.
- Limit the number of people allowed to use elevators at once and consider requiring face coverings in elevators.
- Consider disinfecting footwear, or providing booties.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Designate a staff person to be in charge.
- Microphones should be monitored and cleaned before and after all sessions.
- Consider HVAC filter cleaning and replacement.
- Shift staff and/or session schedules where possible to maximize social distancing.