Hair/Makeup & Wardrobe

The area of hair/makeup and wardrobe requires close contact of artists with staff and should be considered a high risk area. Safety measures to consider include:

  • Limit the number of people in a space and maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of distance between each workstation
  • Limit the number of performers that may be in a space receiving styling at a time
  • Limit interaction between hair, makeup and wardrobe workers and performers (e.g. fewer wardrobe changes, installation of barriers, etc.)
  • People working directly with performers must wear higher level PPE, such as N95 masks and face shields, and also perform more regular and thorough hand hygiene
  • To limit the spread and maintain sanitization protocols, food and drink should not be permitted in these areas while work is being done
  • Clean/disinfect workstations and equipment on a regular basis
  • Sanitize workstations before and after each artist enters the hair/makeup or wardrobe area
  • Additional disinfecting or quarantine period for wardrobe items
  • Limit multiple individuals from using the same equipment or materials by minimizing the tools and supplies left out on a workstation
  • Change gloves (if used) after each performer leaves the space or workstation
  • Provide contactless sanitizer stations in or near hair, makeup and wardrobe areas
  • Use of disposable single-use chair covers for each performer
  • Use single-use hair or makeup applicators or brushes
  • Use washable items on a single performer only; clean and disinfect the items each day
  • Never place hair and makeup applicators or brushes back into a shared make-up container
  • Wardrobe dressers should not provide support to entire cast
  • Performers bag their own wardrobe
  • Have separate wardrobe pieces for understudies and/or swings
  • Record and display disinfection protocols for makeup application tools and supplies
  • At the end of the production, clean out everything brought into the space and dispose of items ready for recycling or garbage


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