Updated PhillyCAM Access Policies
- Gretjen Clausing
- July 8, 2021
We have some exciting news, PhillyCAM fam! As vaccination rates in Philly continue to rise and COVID cases continue to decline we're taking new steps to move us closer towards full capacity. We'll still be taking things slowly this summer, knowing that everyone's safety and comfort levels are critical, while at the same time recognizing just how important returning to in-person at PhillyCAM is. Here are the updates.
MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY
PhillyCAM will not be requiring members to disclose vaccination status, and as such mask wearing will still be required indoors at all times, with the exception of on-screen talent appearing on camera. Anyone entering PhillyCAM will still be required to complete our COVID-19 Policy Acknowledgment Form. If you have additional questions and concerns specific to our policy you should email Executive Director, Gretjen Clausing at firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll be adding Thursday hours from 2:00 - 8:00 pm starting Thursday, July 22nd. Our Community Room and AV Booth will be reopening, and we'll be increasing the number of people who can work in the Media Lab. PhillyCAM is also open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from noon to 6:00 pm.
Some of our biggest changes come in the Main Studio where we'll be lifting the 4-person limit. Under our new Main Studio guidelines you may have up to fifteen masked audience members/crew and up to four unmasked on-screen talent. Members will also be allowed to request having more than four unmasked on-screen talent provided all parties can provide proof of vaccination in advance.
We will also be reopening our Express Studio. Capacity will be limited to no more than two on-screen talents at a time and one technical operator. The Green Screen Studio is undergoing some major changes and will not be available until later this fall. More details to come.
WPPM radio show producers are beginning to return to the studio. Capacity in the radio studio remains limited to show hosts/co-hosts only and there will be no back-to-back in-person shows. To start, priority for WPPM studio access will be given to members unable to produce their shows remotely. Later in the summer, we hope to really ramp up the number of producers broadcasting from the station. WPPM members interested in returning should email WPPM Production and Programming Coordinator, Allison Durham at email@example.com.
Starting in July, we’ll be adding in-person workshops, while still providing virtual trainings as well. This includes an in-person Adobe Premiere editing workshop, a hands-on DIY filmmaking intensive, and more. Click here to see the latest information on classes.
So that's the news for now. As always, we're doing our best to be flexible and adjust as information changes so we will be reevaluating these policies on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to work our way back up to full capacity while still making sure we're creating a safe and caring community environment. In addition, we recognize how powerful the virtual tools we've implemented this past year are and will be continuing to fully support all our virtual platforms such as Streamyard, the Member Virtual Watercooler meetups, and much more.