The Theatre on King’s Safety Guidelines During COVID-19
Adapted from: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television Film and Live Performance Sector During COVID-19 – with special thanks to Public Energy
Purpose: help TTOK’s staff, volunteers, artists, audiences, and workshop participants prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Please note that all guidelines are subject to change.
We cannot guarantee that all exposure to the virus will be eliminated. We also make no representation regarding the effectiveness of any risk mitigation measure in preventing or reducing the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. We encourage vulnerable and at-risk staff, volunteers and guests to stay at home.
Please self-assess before visiting. If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.
Visitors will be asked to sign in with their name and phone number, maintain social distancing, and wear a face-covering unless a health issue prevents you from doing so. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer is available at the back door of the theatre. High touch areas are being cleaned frequently.
Only 10 visitors are permitted in the theatre at a time.
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Overall Best Practices:
Practicing physical distancing (staying 2 metres away from others), minimizing contact with droplets of mucous or saliva, keeping hands, surfaces and objects clean, and preventing contact with potentially infected people – are all critically important measures. Other information on how you can protect yourself is available on ontario.ca/coronavirus.
People who are sick or have signs of illness (e.g. fever, coughing, runny nose, tiredness, shortness of breath) should self-isolate. Consult public health information to learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
From the Government of Ontario Stage 3 Reopening Framework guidelines:
Live Shows, Performing Arts and Movie Theatres:Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances, and movie theatres may resume operations, including rehearsals, with the following restrictions:
• Performers must maintain physical distancing of two metres from every other person, except from other performers where necessary for purposes of the performance.
• Audiences are subject to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres and cannot exceed gathering limits of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. This applies to the entire facility, regardless of the number of theatres or performance stages within the facility.
• Performers and staff are not included in the gathering limits.
• Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier is required between the audience and singers as well as players of brass or wind instruments
*NOTE: Please be reminded that face coverings (non-medical masks) do not constitute PPE and are not an appropriate substitute for physical distancing in the workplace. To learn more about PPE as well as face coverings, please refer to these sections in the Guide to Developing your Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan at Ontario.ca https://www.ontario.ca/page/develop-your-covid-
For TTOK-hosted events (such as rehearsals, meetings, readings, screenings, performances, and public outreach activities) TTOK will:
• Introduce TTOK users to the TTOK Covid Captain to oversee the communication and implementation of all Covid-related safety measures, with the support of additional TTOK staff and volunteers.
• Provide clear guidance for visitors to review in advance of an in-person visit
• Implement contact tracing for all visitors to TTOK
• Screen visitors before entry when possible
• Communicate that it is not permitted for anyone to enter the TTOK space/event/activity if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
• If anyone who uses the space develops symptoms of COVID-19, TTOK will implement procedures for reporting the illness.
• Update TTOK’s voicemail, email, social media, website and other external communications to inform event attendees of changes.
• Provide increased cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces and areas
• Provide increased availability of hand sanitizer
• Limits on crowds (limiting attendance to “bubbles,” timed entry, small rotating audiences with time and cleaning in between, etc.)
• Mask-wearing required by audiences but not performers, if explicit and informed mutual agreement between artists has been accomplished
• When possible, maintain space and/or erect a barrier between audience and artists
• Regularly check in with public health updates and retrain/revise practices as needed.
• Key TTOK staff will commit to regular testing for Covid-19
Artists and community members using TTOK (for events such as research workshops, rehearsals, meetings, creative process, performances) will assign a lead person in the group who takes responsibility to:
• meet with TTOK’s Covid Captain and/or other key TTOK staff (in person or virtually) prior to using the space to go over TTOK’s Covid safety protocols.
• Instruct all in the booking group that they should take this self assessment before coming to TTOK: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
• Screen the group for health issues.
• If anyone develops symptoms of COVID-19, report the illness to TTOK personnel ASAP.
• Ensure the group adheres to COVID-19 safety protocols for the theatre.
• Communicate to everyone involved in their event/project that it is not permitted for anyone to enter TTOK if individuals have symptoms of COVID-19.
• Provide clear information and instruction to collaborators. Make sure they know what they need to do to protect themselves and others, including physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, mandatory mask-wearing indoors (except where not possible for performance), etc.
• Limit the number of people sharing equipment, computers, tools, or props. If possible, assign each person a unique set of props for their use only.
• If performers, stage managers, or creative team members must get within 2 metres of one another, it will be done with the explicit consent of all parties and understanding of the risk involved. You should have appropriate measures in place in circumstances when physical distance cannot be maintained. Such measures may include:
o performers wearing personal protective equipment (e.g. face masks or shields) whenever possible
o where performers will touch one another during a scene, performers wash their hands immediately before and after each take/rehearsal of the scene
o limit the repetition of physical touching
o props and items that that must be shared between individuals should be cleaned or disinfected prior to and following use. If this is not possible, individuals touching these props should perform hand hygiene before and after touching the items, and refrain from touching their faces.
• People who are sick or have signs of illness (e.g. fever, coughing, runny nose, tiredness, shortness of breath) must self-isolate, notify their project’s assigned contact, who will then inform the TTOK Covid Captain or TTOK AD. People who are ill should also call a doctor or healthcare provider.
• Artists must know who their TTOK contacts are (TTOK Artistic Director Ryan Kerr, and Covid Captain Shannon McKenzie) and how to get in touch with them (Ryan: text or phone 705-930-6194 and Shannon: email email@example.com) in case the self-assessment, public health or their health care provider suggests they self-isolate, or if they start to experience symptoms while working.
• Artists/TTOK users with symptoms must self-isolate and check in regularly with the TTOK Covid Captain or AD throughout their isolation period.
• Follow the work and hygiene practices the TTOK COVID-19 safety plan, including all new safety measures.
• Follow all municipal and local public health warnings, directions, and recommendations related to COVID-19.
Covid Screening Questions
• Did you travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
• Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 without wearing appropriate PPE?
• Do you have any of the following symptoms (and they are new to you)?
o New onset of cough
o Worsening chronic cough
o Shortness of breath
o Difficulty breathing
o Sore throat
o Difficulty swallowing
o Decrease of loss of sense of taste or smell
o Unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias)
o Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
o Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
o Runny nose or nasal congestion without other known cause
If the answer to any of these is YES then… no entrance to TTOK without a negative Covid test. The show must NOT go on!
Next steps should be explained to the person: including either contacting the local public health office, and/or telephoning Telehealth Ontario for further instructions at (866)797-0000