while we cannot judge digital productions, we know that you’re still producing works to help us in these difficult times.
We understand all of these decisions, and we have been discussing what we all want to do next for our judging pool and for producers. We will continue to assess these situations as they arise in 2021.
To reiterate our decision and to answer some potential questions:
Why are we hearing about this now?
-We wanted to wait until it was closer to the end of 2020 for a final decision given the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state and all over the country. Numbers of cases vary drastically in cities and counties, and general statewide health advice is to not travel or be with groups of people unless absolutely necessary, even when taking every possible precaution.
What if my company is producing events now?
-As much as you may be taking necessary precautions, we do not have a way to adequately handle the logistics of safely sending judges to shows and then doing follow-up health checks given the spread of COVID-19. Our primary concerns during this time are the health and safety of our volunteer judges and those wanting to bring judges to their performance spaces. We understand that groups producing now are doing everything they can to keep their staff, production teams, and performers safe and healthy. We trust that you are doing that. We have our current limitations, and we know we are not comfortable sending out over 100 people to various locations throughout the state.
I’m a judge, and I feel ok to go out to shows. Why can’t I do that if I want to?
-Thank you for stating that! It’s great that you want to support the community this way. However, we collectively are not comfortable sending you all over the state when there are different ordinances in every city and county in Colorado and with no way of safely tracking every single judge.
What about outdoor events, events where everyone has space between them, and are wearing masks while performing? Can’t those be judged because there is less risk?
-Right now, most of our members cannot produce, perform, or attend events in their cities and counties. Only a small amount can per public health guidelines, so to have such a small pool of work count for this season right now when most cannot make work is unfair to all our members. We are taking the approach that if we cannot safely send judges to indoor performances throughout the entire state, then we cannot send judges to outdoor performances either. In