The Health and Hygiene Protocol for Performing Artists, a practical guide for talent and entertainment operators, has emerged owing to the joint efforts of New York-based RWS Entertainment Group and public safety experts, CrowdRX.

Guidance within the document pertains to: costume character sanitation, performer PPE requirements, performer and musician physical distancing, backstage crew sanitation, and immersive activations and experiences.

Live shows

‘In designing these protocols with CrowdRX, it was imperative that we provide a space that’s safe for both the physical and mental health of performers’, says Ryan Stana, ceo of RWS Entertainment Group. ‘RWS feels an inherent responsibility to our industry as a whole to get it right – the first time. We want to show performers and our audiences that there is a way they can safely return to the live experiences.’

The protocols will govern the reopening of RWS’ New York City rehearsal complex, meaning electrostatic disinfection will be carried out in rehearsal rooms multiple times daily, and those requiring entry must first pass through a non-invasive temperature check and mask verification screening.


Made up of emergency physicians and public safety experts, CrowdRX specialise in mitigating health risks during mass gatherings. 

‘When RWS came to me with this challenge, we started with the CDC public health safety guidelines – but we didn’t stop there’, comments the company’s Medical Director, Dr. Matt Friedman. ‘Live production calls for additional measures that we tailored specifically for the safety of both the performers and the audience in the experiential entertainment industry.’