Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please carefully read the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures, effective immediately, listed below.


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FPA will implement new safety rules and protocols designed to protect you and others from COVID-19. Any member or guest, who does not comply with these rules and protocols, will be directed to leave the FPA building. Staff has been instructed to call the police in cases of noncompliance, and members, who refuse to follow safety rules, risk revocation of FPA membership. Once again, please realize these rules are designed to protect you and others.


As the COVID-19 pandemic eases, we will review the situation and evaluate the easing of the COVID-19 precautionary measures below, and will announce to you as the precautionary measures are lifted. In the interim, I ask for your cooperation in following these protocols, in order to help protect you and others.


PLEASE PROTECT OTHERS FROM COVID-19 AND DO NOT ENTER THE FPA BUILDING, IF ANY OF THE BELOW APPLY TO YOU:

  • Have been within 6 feet of a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 5 minutes, or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva, in the past 14 days
  • Live with a person who has COVID-19
  • Have traveled to regions affected by COVID in the past 14 days
  • Prior to entering FPA, in the last 48 hours had any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever of 100.5 F (38 C) or above, or possible fever symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating
    • New cough, new trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
    • New chills
    • New muscle aches
    • Sore Throat
    • Diarrhea
    • New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS THROUGHOUT THE FPA BUILDING:


FACE MASKS: Anyone entering the FPA building is strongly encouraged to wear an appropriate mask.


WASHING HANDS AND USE OF HAND SANITIZER: Signs encouraging proper hand washing will be posted in the restroom area and elsewhere. Dispensers of hand sanitizer will be placed at several locations throughout the building.


PRESENCE IN THE BUILDING: Members should have an appropriate objective when on the FPA premises, and once members accomplish whatever they have come to do, they should exit. No unnecessary loitering, please.


SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN AREAS RELATED DIRECTLY TO TELEVISION AND RADIO PRODUCTION:


EQUIPMENT ROOM: In order to maintain social distancing, only one member may stand at the counter at one time. Individuals waiting in line to speak to equipment room staff should stand on the marked six feet social distancing signs on the floor in the equipment room area and leading into the hallway outside Edit One.


When possible, six feet social distancing should continue throughout the building, including such distancing with staff and members.


The plexi-glass shields in Programming and the equipment room counter will remain in place.


Additionally, NO FIELD EQUIPMENT CHECK OUTS OR RETURNS, DURING THE FINAL HOUR OF DAY, in order to allow equipment room staff to properly sanitize equipment and studios/control rooms spaces for that day.


Limitations on class size will remain in place through June 2022, in accordance with arrangements made with instructors.  


EDIT 1: Members may only reserve and use edit stations B, D, and F, in order to ensure social distancing. (The instructor station may only be used during classes.)


RADIO: The RADIO FAIRFAX studio and the WRLD studio will resume use by radio producers for their FULL hour or two-hour time block, and disinfecting studio surfaces by staff at the end of a radio producer's show will cease. Moving forward, radio producers may request that staff disinfect studio surfaces, which will now take place during the beginning of the radio producer's time block. If a radio producer so desires, he or she may make such a request of our equipment room staff, as early as 24 hours before the time block begins, that the studio be disinfected, or the producer may make such a request upon their arrival for his or her show.


In addition to a radio producer, there may be up to two additional individuals in the RADIO FAIRFAX or WRLD studio.


TELEVISION: TV studio time blocks will return to their FULL pre-COVID durations. Disinfecting studio and control room equipment and surfaces by staff at the end of a producer's time block will cease. Moving forward, TV studio producers may request that equipment room staff disinfect control room and studio equipment and surfaces, which will now take place during the beginning of the TV studio producer's time block. If a TV studio producer so desires, he or she may make such a request of our equipment room staff, as early as 24 hours before the time block begins, that the control room and studio be disinfected, or the producer may make such a request upon their arrival for his or her show.


FOR STUDIO A: The total number of individuals in Studio A may not exceed five. Only two on-camera talent. On-camera talent may remove face masks during production. Only TWO camera operators in each studio with Camera Two locked down on a wide-shot. All camera operators and any floor director should wear face masks and ensure six feet social distancing while in the studio. If a production in Studio A is not utilizing all three studio production crew positions (up to two camera operators and one floor director), a recent Studio Camera class student is permitted to observe the production in the studio, but must both wear a face mask and maintain six feet social distancing from others.


STUDIO A KITCHEN SET: Two people may be on set as on-camera talent, but one person must stand at the island by the refrigerator. This is marked with gaff tape on the floor, in order to ensure six feet distancing. Equipment room staff will show talent this marked space. We are also removing the dining table, since the table does not provide six feet social distancing.


STUDIO A NEWS SET: FPA staff has marked on the floor where the desk should be, depending on whether one or two people sit at the desk. We also marked the desk showing where on-camera talent should sit. Equipment Room staff will show the above to producers who use the news desk set.


FOR STUDIO B:  There may be up to three individuals serving as on-camera talent (a host and two guests; two hosts and one guest; or three hosts) on the set, as long as six feet social distancing is maintained and the total number of individuals in Studio B does not exceed six (plus three in the control room).


STUDIO B: FPA staff has created and positioned a generic set, which provides six feet of distancing between two persons, serving as on- camera talent. If producers want different prop pieces (i.e., chairs, tables, monitors, plants or our backdrops), they must ask the equipment room staff to switch out the above. Equipment room staff will remind producers of the above when producers arrive and sign in. If producers have their own backdrops, they are allowed to put those up themselves.


FOR STUDIOS A and B: Studios A and B can be reserved for and used during simultaneous times.


Producers may reserve the conference room, for as many as nine (9) members and guests, including those planning to participate in upcoming segments and show episodes, as long as six feet distancing is maintained. Some chairs will be returned to the conference room in light of the above. (Couches will not be returned at this time.)


STUDIO C: Only ONE person can be physically on the desk set in the studio. Any guest/interviewee should maintain six feet social distancing while inside the studio. Alternatively, a guest can be Skyped in remotely. Additionally, only two persons may be in the control room at the same time -- one person (Director/Technical Director) may operate the TriCaster controls/switcher, and one other person may operate the computer on the back table. There should be NO audio board operator. (The distance between the director/technical director and an audio board operator would only be a maximum of five feet.) As such, the audio board should be pre-set prior to commencing production. If a producer is uncomfortable with having no audio operator, he or she should consider producing his or her program in Studio A or B.


FOR ALL STUDIOS: NO STUDIO AUDIENCES are permitted during the COVID-19 precautionary period.


FOR ALL STUDIO PRODUCTIONS: No use of MAKE-UP ARTISTS, since the use of such would violate six feet of distancing.


DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, FPA AND ITS STAFF ARE TAKING THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT OUR FPA MEMBERS:


Pre-scheduled curbside pickup and return of shows. FPA Programming Director Maryam Shah will be sending program producers information on how to schedule curbside drop off and pick up of programs and paperwork.


We hope that all of the precautionary protocols above, which are designed to safeguard you and your fellow FPA members, will protect all of our members as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic.