Cirque Requiring Staff Vaccination Before Return to Show

Cirque du Soleil is requiring vaccination for all staff prior to reopening. Staff who are not vaccinated will be required to conduct regular COVID-19 testing and provide their test results. The company provided the following statement:

“Health and safety is top priority at Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. As we continue to gradually reopen our shows, a series of protocols have been implemented with regard to COVID-19 in order to keep our artists, employees and audiences safe. In alignment with these new policies, Cirque du Soleil will require for all show staff, artists and technicians to be fully vaccinated prior to reopening. Given the unique nature of our productions and operations, it is imperative that we embark on this process to maintain the continuity of our operations. Artists and employees that are not vaccinated are required to be tested regularly.”

“At this time, our artists will be performing in masks when safely able to. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments when warranted.”

The policy was initiated in June, as “Mystere” at Treasure Island and “O” at Bellagio reopened. Cirque is due to return “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay on Aug. 19, and “Love” at the Mirage on Aug. 26. “Ka” is due to open by the end of October.

Prior to COVID, Cirque employed about 1,370 employees in Las Vegas. CEO Daniel Lamarre says the majority of those who were laid off during the pandemic are returning to work or already have (the company has not yet furnished an updated number of cast and crew coming back online).

The company originally offered a $200 incentive to employees providing a proof of full vaccination by June 25. Those who decline the vaccination are sent home or can claim a religious exemption.

The masking requirement does not apply to such “danger” acts as straps, trapeze, Chinese poles and planche/teeter board. But away from the stage, all Cirque employees are masked.

{ SOURCE: Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas Review-Journal}