Minimum Standard of Care

COVID-19 Production Consideration

The B. Iden Payne Awards Council is composed entirely of volunteers, none of whom are doctors or epidemiologists.  The limit of our reach is whether or not our organization’s members are willing to consider productions for the awards we mete out.

During the current pandemic, we are unwilling to put our volunteers into situations that could jeopardize their health or make them uncomfortable. After lengthy deliberation, we have collaboratively determined that the following criteria must be in place for our attendance at live theatre productions through the rest of the 2019/2020 Season:

We will follow the current City of Austin Risk-Based Guidelines that indicates the current risk level in Austin based on Key Indicators which include a seven day average of hospitalizations. In addition, we kindly encourage production companies to take the most appropriate measures to ensure the safety of every member of their production.

In general, BIPAC will not attend live theatre productions if Austin is within the following Risk Levels: 3 or higher. We will, however, attend live theatre productions once Austin is within the these following Risk Levels:

Risk Level 2:

BIPAC Members will attend productions with the following criteria in place:

Risk Level 1:

We understand that there are a number of inventive ways production companies could mount a production with significant reduction of risk to their participating artists and audience members. Special consideration may be made for productions that attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus amongst participants in creative ways via the following procedures:

  1. Send an email here describing your production safety elements with as much detail as you can.
  2. We will circulate your description to the entire council and hold an anonymous vote. If a simple majority of council members feels they would attend your production with your safety measures in place, we will consider your show for awards.

The B. Iden Payne Awards Council will continue to review Digital Submission for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.