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PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDMoving forward in 2021 (Webpage)
NOVA SCOTIAReopening Plan (Webpage)
QUEBECReopening Plan (Webpage)
ONTARIOReopening Ontario (Webpage)
MANITOBAManitoba's 4-3-2-One Great Summer Reopening Path (Webpage)
SASKATCHEWAN - Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan (Webpage)
ALBERTAAlberta's Open for Summer Plan (Webpage)
BRITISH COLUMBIABC's Restart: A plan to bring us back together (Webpage)
YUKONA path forward: Next Steps (PDF)
NORTHWEST TERRITORIESEmerging Wisely 2021 (Webpage)



Resources_/Plasa_Guidance_ReturnWork_21-07-16.png PLASA Guidance Document - Considerations on Returning to Work (July 16, 2021)
This document provides a summary of what businesses may need to consider when re-opening.
Resources_/SkillsFade_pdf.png Skills Fade and the Impact on Riggers Returning to Work Following the Lifting of Restrictions on Live Events
(National Rigging Advisory Group, PLASA)
This guidance has been produced by the NRAG and PLASA to support all those working in the events sector who are commissioning or undertaking rigging work. Its purpose is to identify that ‘skills fade’ is a real issue, raise awareness and understanding, and outline some actions that can be taken to mitigate the impact of skills fade on riggers.

CDC Readiness and Planning Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 at Events and Gatherings
Planners and administrators of a large event, such as such as a concert, festival, sporting event, conference, or wedding, can use this tool to help protect staff, volunteers, and attendees from COVID-19 infection and slow the spread of COVID-19. This tool aligns with CDC’s Organizing Large Events and Gatherings guidance and includes the following assessments and resources:

  • General Readiness Assessment
  • In Case Someone Gets Sick
  • Daily/Weekly Readiness Assessment
  • End-of-Day Actions and Resources

** This document is for historical purposes and is no longer being updated. Go to the CDC COVID-19 website for more recent information.

Resources_/DOC-LivePerf-HealthSafety-FEB21.png Live Performance Health and Safety Advisory Committee and Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development - Live Performance Health and Safety during COVID-19 2021 February 10
Find resources, best practices and information to help keep your workers safe and healthy during COVID-19.
Resources_/IAVM_guide.png International Association of Venue Manager (IAVM) - Public Assembly Facilities Recovery Guide (Oct 2021)
This guide is written guidance designed to help venues make reasonable decisions as it relates to the health and safety of all venue occupants. IAVM has conducted extensive research to provide recommendations that are advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist venues in providing safe and healthy workplaces. This guide is not designed to circumvent government guidance.

The NAC Guide to Support the Re-Opening of Canadian Performing Arts Centres and Venues is designed to help the Canadian performing arts industry recover and thrive in the age of COVID-19.
Using a risk-based approach, these tools and best practices aim to help performing arts venues prepare for every aspect of putting on a show, from contract negotiation to rehearsal to performance, and everything in between.

Resources_/ESA Guide

The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.  Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.

Available for download in English, French, Korean and Chinese.

Resources_/PSAV guide PSAV MeetSAFE Guidelines Playbook
PSAV and our family of companies will be at the forefront in safe meeting practices related to the services provided by our industry leading brands. As shelter-in-place restrictions ease, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning procedures will remain an essential part of making people comfortable with meeting. Risk and health are two key considerations for businesses and associations. An anticipated phase one recovery for our industry likely represents smaller meeting sizes following evolving government guidelines. With fewer people meeting and a cleaning routine in place, the risk for attendees will be reduced.
From the Performing Arts Sector Consortium Advisory Committee on Reopening (PACC). (June 2020)
Resources_/PERG guide PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines: Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles.
This guidance document provides measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus for camera and lighting equipment rental operations, facilities that rent sound stages, and for trucks and vehicles used by rental companies. The PERG Task Group applied the recommendations of the CDC, OSHA, and public health officials to rental operations, equipment, and facilities.

Actsafe Industry Relaunch Framework.

  • Microsoft Word format direct download here.
  • PDF format view and download here.

Actsafe Live Event Relaunch Reference.

  • Microsoft Word format direct download here.
  • PDF format view and download here.
Resources_/96 Solutions 96 solutions and ANTI-solutions For A Pandemic Theatre Supported by Compagnie Ici'bas and festival Le Castrum.

"Like many others, we were unable to get together for the creative residencies for our next show. Like many others, we ended up online to discuss the crisis we are going through and the reactions we could bring to it. From these regular virtual meetings was born a fierce desire to act. This text is both the starting point of a project for this summer and a way of reflecting on the current situation."


Film & TV

The Safe Way Forward (June 12, 2020) A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

White Paper - Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, and Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 1, 2020, Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Industry-Wide Labor- Management Safety Committee Task Force)

B.-C. Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.


WorkSafeBC - Protocols for motion picture and television production

Mass Gatherings

Government of Canada

World Health Organization (WHO) - Key planning recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to host governments, health authorities and national or international organizers of mass gatherings on containing risks of COVID-19 transmission associated with mass gathering events.

Considerations for Events and Gatherings (Centers for Disease Control, U.S.)




  • COVID-19 Safety Plan
    Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This tool will guide you through a six-step process to help you create your plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF you can download and save with the details of the plan for your workplace.
  • Protocols for performing arts
    In earlier stages of the pandemic, WorkSafeBC developed industry-specific protocols to provide employers with information and support on how to develop effective COVID-19 safety plans in their environment.
  • Additional resources and information about COVID-19 are also available.


ABCDE Guide for Teaching Drama & Theatre - Best Practices during the Covid-19 Pandemic


Government of Alberta


Re-open Saskatchewan PlanGuidelines


On Screen - Manitoba Media Production Industry - COVID-19 SAFETY & HEALTH : GUIDE / Presentation
The Guide provides recommendations/best practices to assist employers, employees, contractors and others regarding implementation of the distancing, cleaning, hygiene, and related safety and health guidelines required by Manitoba Government regulation.


Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during CODIV-19 PDF (Workplace Safety & Prevent Services, Ontario)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for Large Community Events / Mass Gatherings (March 6, 2020, Toronto Public Health)



Government of Quebec and CNESSTFAQ Scenic Arts Sector (Nov 2020) / Summary Guide (Oct 2020) (french) for opening of cultural sectors or suspension of their activities according to the COVID-19 alert levels by region map. 

Union des artistes (UDA) COVID-19: Relaunch of activities in the audiovisual and performing arts sectors
The Union des artistes participated in two of the six revitalization committees for cultural sector activities set up by the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCCQ), that of the audiovisual sector and that of the performing arts, having for objective the resumption of artists' professional activities in the context of a pandemic. Click on the links to access the documents. In french only. (May 2020)

Presented to the Ministry of Culture and Communications by the Conseil québécois du théâtre. (May 2020)

Palais des congrès de MontréalPROGRESS - Health and Safety Protocol

Nova Scotia

Communities, Culture and Heritage COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance Document (Province of Nova Scotia)
These guidelines have been prepared to provide a framework to help arts, events and culture organizations and businesses develop plans to safely reopen. All businesses, organizations and employees need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives to limit the spread of COVID-19.

United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Guidance for Organizing Large Events and Gatherings

Actors’ Equity Announces Core Principles Needed to Support Safe and Healthy Theatre Productions · Actors' Equity Association (May 26, 2020) 

Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues, Performing Arts Center Consortium (May 15, 2020)

USITT's Technical Production Commission COVID-19 Guides: USITT's Technical Production Commission has released a set of quick-read sheets to help people use the best guidance offered by professionals while dealing with the coronavirus. A team of professionals from all aspects of theatre have read through the multiple federal, state, and association guidelines to find the items most pertinent to our field and assembled them in easy-to-read document pages.


Pollstar: ‘Events Can Take Place’: German Scientists Present COVID Experiment Results.

Stage Directions

Make music during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic - Recommendations (PDF document)
The German Society for Music Physiology and Musicians Medicine (DGfMM)
New study says singing is as safe as talking when it comes to COVID-19
A new study from the University of Bristol has found that singing does not spread COVID-19 particles anymore effectively than talking. The findings could open the way for opera and music theatre to return sooner than expected.
"Study shows ‘no increased risk to orchestral musicians’ from concerts"
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has presented the results of a study into how far musicians’ breath travels while playing instruments. The test apparently showed that, contrary to some theories, there was no added risk of transmitting Covid-19 when performing.
If You Reopen, Will They Come? Four Factors Driving Attendance (DATA)
By Colleen Dilenschneider, publisher of Know Your Own Bone, a website that focuses on market research and the behavioral economics surrounding cultural organizations and also the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research & Development, a data and technology company.
Here's what Toronto's $2B-a-year film industry could look like once it reopens by Juila Knope for CBC News.
A Collaboration Between the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
"For theaters around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in existential uncertainty about our future. It has also created an opportunity for a necessary reset and reimagining.
As we look to our future at the A.R.T., we see an opportunity to make an ongoing commitment to public health in our practice and our programming. We view this as a process that will guide our work for years to come. [...]" — Diane Paulus, A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director.


Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS)
Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research have come together to gauge Canadians’ attitudes on returning to indoor and outdoor arts and culture events across Canada. Over 1,000 people were polled through the Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS). The results offer valuable insight for arts organizations across the country to help inform re-opening procedures and programming models.

People Intend to Visit Again. Where Will They Go and What Will Make them Feel Safe (DATA) (Colleen Dilenschneider, IMPACTS Research & Development)

2020 Return to Live Events Survey (April 2020, Enigma Research)



All Access Webinars: A Clean Slate for Reopening • 
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Facing COVID-19 and the prospect of reopening undoubtedly presents challenges for different groups and regions. To better understand the needs and possible gaps, CAPACOA has invited a panel of speakers from the performing arts community to evaluate the Events Safety Alliance Guide to Reopening. The panelists will provide perspectives from artists and artistic companies; agents and managers; festivals; and venue presenters.

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CINARS - Impacts of COVID-19 on the international dissemination of the performing arts • Watch the Webinar

Organized in collaboration with the office of Minister Guilbeault, the theme of this meeting is the impact of COVID-19 on the international dissemination of the performing arts in Canada and internationally, possible solutions and measures federal aid implemented. In french.
This webinar is hosted by: Nassib El Husseini, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CINARS and Director General of Les 7 doigts de la main.

  • The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
  • Alain Paré, CEO and founder of CINARS,
  • Danièle de Fontenay, director of the Usine C theater,
  • Annick-Patricia Carrière, director of the Station Bleue agency,
  • Gilles Doré, director of international development at CINARS.

CINARS - Performing Arts Deconfinement Initiatives Around the World • Download the final document | Watch the Webinar

CINARS invites you to an international webinar led by 19 professional speakers from Europe, Asia, Oceania and America who will be sharing various initiatives aiming at maintaining the vitality of the performing arts, and of its encounter with the public, in these times of confinement and deconfinement. 
We will also discuss the changes imposed by the situation on the concepts of territories and touring. This meeting will give us a broad overview of a multitude of ideas and initiatives taken, as well as the problems encountered by many performing arts professionals around the world.

This webinar is hosted by Gilles Doré, CINARS's International Development Director, with Nassib El Husseini, Les 7 Doigts de la Main's CEO, CINARS's Chairman of the Board, Alain Paré, CINARS's CEO and founder.


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Hosted by the Entertainment and Sports Law Group at Gowling WLG in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA). 
Topics discussed:

  • Dealing with cancelled or postponed events
  • Accessing support from the federal and/or provincial governments
  • Dealing with staffing changes
  • Maintaining event spaces

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COVID-19 Update for Live Event Professionals
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the live event industry fundamentally changed. New regulations will influence the way we create live experiences in the future. At the same time, businesses have been able to receive benefits (such as PPP loans) as a stopgap, but for many of them, more support is needed. What will you want to know as you navigate this new reality?
In this online session, presented by NAMM, PLSN and FOH magazines, a panel of industry experts weigh in with:

  • An update on the current status, including findings from a recent PLSN survey, and outlook for the live event industry.
  • Developments in the reopening process.
  • Industry solutions and precautions proposed to further ensure safety as mass gatherings and live events resume.
  • Update on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and key action points that are being made to the highest levels of government, concerning the extension of the grace period for loan forgiveness, additional funding and lowering salary requirements.



All Access Webinars: The Law and Live Streaming • Watch  the webinar | Download the presentation | Read the Chat Log
As an increasing number of artists and venues are exploring digitizing their arts events, questions arise around the legal responsibilities and rights of artists, venues, and contracts. Over the course of the webinar, the lawyers will discuss the rights and needs of artists, choreographers, composers, and other rights holders at play in streaming content. The panelists will also explore contracts, and remedies, for performers in online platforms.

All Access Town Hall: Live Streaming and New Business Models in the Performing Arts • Watch the webinar
Through this Town Hall, we will explore the things we need to keep on our radar as we integrate these technologies into our operations. The topics will explore different platforms, marketing digital performances, and monetizing different platforms of note for performers and organisations.


Encore Canada - The Hybrid Event HandbookDownload the guide for free
What's Inside The Hybrid Event Handbook:

  • A framework to help you plan any hybrid event
  • The key drivers for a successful event – for planners and participants
  • How to tie it all together – with different meeting types as examples

Sam Hindle's Tech Tips for Live Streaming: to prepare for the best overall show.

Online Stream Cue Sheet.

Zoom Audio Settings For Live Music (for Desktop & Smart Devices), by JAZZYYC Calgary's Jazz Collaborative: