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COVID-19 News Alert

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As we’ve been hearing about the spread of the Coronavirus, the CDA wanted to share a few resources for dancers and dance organizations. As of the date of this newsletter, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly.

Here are some resources and tips from the CDA at this time:

1. Refer to the most authoritative and up-to-date information on the Coronavirus by visiting the Public Health Agency of Canada
If you or any of your staff are travelling in the near future, refer to the mapping of the Coronavirus by the John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Reviewing international travel plans may be prudent at this time.

2. Review the current recommendations compiled by CAPACOA on Coronavirus preparedness for the live performing arts sector. Many of these recommendations are good practices to enact with your dance collective or at your organization for year-round health of all artists and employees.

3. Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol and higher). Encourage your staff and artists to do the same. Clean and disinfect high traffic surfaces regularly (including studio floors). Continue to dance and come to work if you are healthy. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Do not wear a mask if you are healthy.

4. Review your ticket-refund policy for events and performances and encourage audience members to stay home if they are sick. Plan events carefully. Consider asking patrons to leave your venue if they are sick.

5. Think through how staff can work from home. Integrate practices like Zoom and online drive sharing to assist with working from home when sick. Allow employees and artists to stay home when they show signs of respiratory or flu-like symptoms to rest and recover. Encourage your arts organization to have a plan for continuing essential operations should all or essential employees be sick.

6. Brainstorm ways dancers and artists can re-schedule rehearsals and performances to stay healthy. Think through non-punitive leave policies, measures and financial implications for temporary and contract artists.

7. Artists who get sick or are negatively affected by cancelled shows can talk to the AFC about applying for financial support. The AFC is the lifeline for the entertainment industry offering support to artists experiencing an unforeseeable emergency that has led to a financial crisis.

If you’ve been affected by cancelled performances, please be in touch with the CDA office as we are keeping track of the economic impact on the sector. Email kate@dancecanada.net

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Source: CDA

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