Our COVID-19 safety procedures

WE DEVELOPED EXTENSIVE POLICIES TO KEEP OUR office and creative SPACE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE and To protect our staff, artists, and visitors. Read on to know exactly how we are welcoming you back.

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) validates with the staff member their state of health and that they have none of the following symptoms. Staff members will fill out a form OR sign-in sheet verifying this information, before each workday. This is done digitally or on paper. This information is confidential.

  • Fever (over 38 degrees Celsius)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste
  • Gastric symptoms i.e. diarrhea, nausea, stomach aches or vomiting
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, chills, sore throat, significant loss of appetite

Also check for the following:

  • Have they travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?
  • Have they had contact with someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or someone who has just travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?

☐ A no touch thermometer is used when a staff member enters the office to ensure that they do not have a fever.

☐ Anyone who answers yes to any of the above (or displays a fever on the no touch thermometer) is informed of their obligation to leave the office space until they are able to return in accordance with established health standards. Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 result are informed that they must notify their employer according to the instructions received from the Public Health Agency. For staff members who present with symptoms or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, it is recommended that they get tested, as they will receive the results sooner than 14 days (the amount of days they will need to quarantine), and can resume work at the office space once they have the negative result and have been symptom free for 24 hours and no fever for 48 hours.
(See Appendix A)

☐ If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19:

  • They must inform Lesley Bramhill, General Manager of PWM, immediately. The office space must then be closed and completely disinfected.
  • PWM should consult with Santé Publique, who will investigate and determine whether those who have been in contact with the individual who tested positive may report to work or not.
  • It is recommended, however, that PWM air on the side of caution and have all staff members who had contact with the infected individual within the last 48 hours be tested, and remain closed until they receive their results.
  • Those who receive negative test results staff may resume work at the office. Those who receive positive test results must quarantine for 14 days AND until they are symptom free for 24 hours and 48 hours without a fever. (See Appendix A)
  • It is recommended to have a contingency plan for office work if this were to happen (ex: work from home).

☐ If a staff member lives with someone who presents with one of the symptoms listed above:

  • The individual with a symptom(s) should be tested.
  • The staff member should remain home until the test results are in.  If they are negative, they may resume activities as usual.
  • If the person they live with tests positive, the staff member must quarantine or get tested.  If they quarantine and no symptoms develop, they may resume activities after 14 days. If they get tested, and it is positive, they quarantine for 14 days AND until they are symptom free for 24 hours and no fever for 48 hours.  If it is negative, they can resume activities but ONLY if they or the family member who tested positive are quarantined from each other and there are no shared spaces between them.

☐ If a staff member is unsure whether they should get tested, they should complete Quebec’s self assessment form.

☐ Any individual who is tested for Covid-19 should ask for and follow recommendations from Santé Publique as to when they can return to work and if a second test is necessary. In some cases, a second negative test may be needed in order to return to work.

☐ All staff members are informed of the prevention measures implemented in the company to reduce and control the risks associated with COVID-19 along with the importance of complying with them.

☐ Working from home should be prioritized when possible.

☐ When 2 or more staff are working in the office, wherever possible, the physical distance of 2 meters is maintained from the start to the end of the work period and during breaks and meals. Masks must be worn at all times, even if a staff member is alone in the office. This includes when preparing food/coffee/tea, when going to the washroom, when entering a private office, when entering the creative space, when entering and leaving the shared office space, when interacting with another staff member etc. Masks may only be taken off while eating.

As of April 8, 2021:It is mandatory to wear a medical mask (also called surgical mask), which will be provided by PWM. Staff cannot wear reusable masks while in the office. Masks are worn for a maximum of 4 hours. If a workday consists of 8 hours, individuals will have 2 masks to use for the day.

☐ When masks are not being worn, they should be removed completely from the face and placed in a secure, clean location. They should not be worn on the chin, or on the back of the head. (See Appendix B for instructions on how to properly put on a mask)

☐ Water and soap or a hydro-alcoholic solution with an alcohol concentration of at least 60% is available in sensitive areas for handwashing (entrance, bathroom, kitchen, creative space, office space).

☐ One person at a time may work in each of the private offices. Another individual may work at the individual desk in the shared space, and one person may work at the white shared table.

☐ A cleaning checklist is used and filled out on a daily basis to ensure that all areas, objects and surfaces have been cleaned appropriately and at the right frequency.

☐ If there are 2 or more staff in the office, frequently touched surfaces, and common areas (e.g. door handles, taps, toilets, fridge handle, microwave, coffee machine, telephones, computer accessories, tables etc. (all to be included on cleaning checklist) are disinfected every 4 hours of work (ex: during lunch break and at the end of the day). Office staff do not need to leave the space during cleaning. Depending on the number of staff in the office, it is recommended to have a schedule in place (ex: assign a different person to clean each day of the week). Cleaning time should be included during working hours and planned accordingly.

☐ If there is only 1 staff member in the office, ONLY what they have touched is sanitized before they leave for the day (ex: their desk, doorknobs, kitchen area).

☐ Any common objects that are used frequently and could be possibly shared amongst staff, are cleaned before and after each use (e.g. tables, chair backs, pens, photocopier etc.).

☐ Staff members bring their own paper, writing materials, and water bottle and do not share with others.

☐ Staff members have their own cubby to store their personal belongings and do not share with others. For staff members with a private office, these items can be kept in their office. 

☐ Each staff member/guest has a designated hook at the front entrance to hang their coat, umbrella and to place their boots.

☐ Each staff member uses their own cutlery and dishes (knife, fork, bowl, plate, coffee cup etc.) and do not share with others. These are to be washed after use and stored in their personal cubby.

☐ If necessary, signage (e.g., floor markings) is put in place to establish the minimum physical distance of 2 meters near high traffic areas such as the kitchen, by the photocopier etc.

☐ Whenever possible, the use of shared office equipment such the photocopier is eliminated. When use of such equipment is unavoidable, hand hygiene and equipment wipe down is performed before after use. A disinfectant is kept next to the photocopier.

☐ Hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing rules are posted throughout the space, and followed (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, entrance, creative space, shared office space etc.).

☐ Non-essential items (magazines, newspapers and knick-knacks) are removed from common areas. It is recommended that the section of the shared office space with the couch be blocked off from use (with tape, signs etc.). If this is not possible then they are wiped down after every use (and added to the cleaning checklist).

☐ The books located on the bookshelves should not be used unless absolutely necessary. As books cannot be properly sanitized, if a book IS used, it should be placed in a plastic bag with the date on it, and then placed in a closed bin for 72 hours, and then returned to the bookshelf.

☐ Garbage is thrown out in the appropriate bins (paper towels in bin by kitchen sink and all other material in garbage by entrance).

☐ Animals are permitted in the office as there is no indication that they transmit the virus to humans.

☐ Efficient operation and maintenance of the ventilation systems is ensured. When it is not possible to keep windows open, an air purifier will be used. The air purifier should be turned on immediately upon entry of the space, and turned off when the last person leaves the space. It is important to note that the air purifier should be used in conjunction with all other safety protocols (masks, sanitization, distancing etc.) and not INSTEAD of.

☐ When weather permits, windows should be kept open. The air purifier can be kept on.

☐ The kitchen/dining area is disinfected every four hours (during lunch break and at the end of the day). This includes any surface area that may have been touched (counters, table, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, sink, faucet, paper towel dispenser, fridge door handles etc.).

☐ As face coverings cannot be worn during eating, adequate eating space (minimum of 2 metres) is provided to ensure physical distancing can be maintained and well as while waiting for food to be prepared (ex: when using microwave).

☐ Handwashing facilities and/or hand sanitizer is readily accessible in the kitchen/eating area and is used when entering and leaving the area.

☐ Staff members use their own dishes and wash and dry them immediately after use. Dishes are washed with dish soap and water with a sponge and then dried with either paper towel or a drying towel. If a drying towel is used, it should be washed daily. Dishes are then stored in the staff member’s individual cubby. The drying rack is removed from the counter.

☐ All eating surfaces are cleaned and disinfected before and after use.

☐ Staff members are discouraged from leaving the job site to obtain food, during the course of the workday, whenever possible, however it is not prohibited. If an individual leaves they should follow the guidelines put into place by the government.

☐ Food and beverages are not shared amongst staff members.

☐ Microwave: The handle of the microwave as well as the buttons is wiped down both BEFORE and AFTER use. A mask is worn when using the microwave. Sanitizer (a container of wipes or spray and paper towels) is kept next to the microwave at all times, as well as sign with instructions.

☐ Coffee maker: The individual making the coffee sanitizes their hands before preparing the coffee. The buttons and the handle of the coffee maker are wiped BEFORE and AFTER use. When preparing or pouring the coffee, a mask is worn (even if a distance of 2 meters is being maintained or they are the only individual in the room). Sanitizer (a container of wipes or spray and paper towels) is kept next to the coffee maker at all times as well as sign with instructions.

☐ Kettle: The individual using the kettle sanitizes their hands before its use. The buttons and the handle of the kettle are wiped BEFORE and AFTER use. When filling the kettle with water, or pouring water from the kettle, a mask is worn (even if a distance of 2 meters is being maintained or they are the only individual in the room.) Sanitizer (a container of wipes or spray and paper towels) is kept next to the coffee maker at all times as well as sign with instructions.

☐ Fridge: The handle of the fridge is wiped down both BEFORE and AFTER use and a mask is worn while using the fridge. An individual’s food is kept in containers or bags, and does not touch anyone else’s food. Food not used is removed/brought home at the end of the day.

☐ Staff members disinfect their hands before and after use of the bathroom, and minimize the amount of surface area that they touch.

☐ When using the washroom, hands are washed before taking the bathroom key from the hook in the shared office.

☐ A mask is worn on the way to the washroom, in the washroom and returning from the washroom.

☐ Though the washrooms have two stalls, only one person at a time may use the washroom. The individual using the washroom indicates the bathroom is in use, using the system provided.

☐ Bathrooms are disinfected after each use. This includes wiping any surface area that was touched ex: top of toilet seat, toilet handle or flusher, faucet handles, hand dryer/paper towel dispenser, door knob on inside and outside of bathroom. Disinfecting wipes or spray are kept in the bathroom for this purpose.

☐ Upon return from the bathroom the staff member disinfects the key, places it back on the hook and then disinfects their hands.

☐ Adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and toilet tissue are maintained.

☐ For general cleaning (wiping down kitchen, bathroom, tables, door knobs etc.), a spray solution (containing alcohol or bleach) may be used (along with paper towel). A store bought product can be used, or a bleach solution can be made with the following ratio: 4 cups of water (1 litre) to 2 teaspoons of bleach. Bleach solutions are effective for disinfection for up to 24 hours, so should be discarded and re-made on a daily basis. Use water at room temperature for dilution. Label diluted cleaning solutions.

☐ Disinfecting wipes may also be used for general cleaning.
(See Electronics section for recommendations)

☐ Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes.

Wash or disinfect hands both before and after the use of gloves.

☐ If surfaces are dirty, they are cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

☐ Turn off the equipment, unplug the power cord from the wall or power strip, and remove the battery from portables or wireless keyboards and mice, before the cleaning process.

Do not use disinfectant wipes containing bleach, disinfectant sprays aerosol sprays or anything abrasive.

Do not use an extremely damp disinfectant wipe to clean the area. If you encounter a very damp wipe it may need to be squeezed to remove some excess liquid before use.

Do not allow the liquid from the disinfectant wipe to sit or pool on the area being disinfected for a long amount of time.

Do not use rough towels or cloths to dry the area.

Do not use excess force when disinfecting the area around the keyboard; this could damage the keys.

☐ Use a disinfectant wipe to wipe the area first, then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth, and finally dry the area with another soft, lint-free cloth.

Suggested products (the following products are safe to use on electronics and can also be used to wipe down frequently touched surfaces, the bathroom, kitchen etc.):

☐ Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry and then discard after each use.

☐ If using reusable gloves, those gloves are dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and are not used for other purposes. Disinfect hands before and after the use of gloves.

☐ If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air.

☐ Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

☐ Clean and disinfect clothes hampers regularly. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.

☐ Efficient operation and maintenance of the ventilation systems is ensured. When it is not possible to keep windows open, an air purifier will be used. The air purifier should be turned on immediately upon entry of the space, and turned off when the last person leaves the space. It is important to note that the air purifier should be used in conjunction with all other safety protocols (masks, sanitization, distancing etc.) and not INSTEAD of.

☐ When weather permits, windows should be kept open. The air purifier can be kept on.

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) validates with all individuals coming into the creative space their state of health and that they have none of the following symptoms. Staff members will fill out a form OR sign-in sheet verifying this information before each workday. This is done digitally or on paper. This information is confidential.

  • Fever (over 38 degrees Celsius)
  • New or worsening cough 
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste
  • Gastric symptoms i.e. diarrhea, nausea, stomach aches or vomiting
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, chills, sore throat, significant loss of appetite

Also check for the following:

  • Have they travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?
  • Have they had contact with someone with a confirmed or probable cause of COVID-19 or someone who has just travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?

☐ A no touch thermometer is used when an individual enters the creative space to ensure that they do not have a fever. 

☐ Anyone who answers yes to any of the above (or displays a fever on the no touch thermometer) is informed of their obligation to leave the creative space until they are able to return in accordance with established health standards. Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 result are informed that they must notify PWM according to the instructions received from the Public Health Agency. For individuals who present symptoms or have been exposed, it is recommended that they get tested, as they will receive the results sooner than 14 days (the amount of days they will need to quarantine), and can resume activities in the creative space once they have the negative result and have been symptom free for 24 hours and no fever for 48 hours. (See Appendix A)

☐ If an individual using the creative space tests positive for COVID-19:

  • They must inform Lesley Bramhill, General Manager of PWM, immediately. The creative space AND office space (due to having to go through the office to get to the creative space) must then be closed and completely disinfected. 
  • PWM should consult with Santé Publique, who will investigate and determine whether those who have been in contact with the individual who tested positive may report to work or not. 
  • It is recommended, however, that PWM air on the side of caution and have all individuals who had contact with the infected individual within the last 48 hours be tested, and remain closed until they receive their results.
  • Those who receive negative test results staff may resume activities in the creative space. Those who receive positive test results must quarantine for 14 days AND until they are symptom free for 24 hours and 48 hours without a fever. (See Appendix A)

☐ If an individual using the creative space lives with someone who presents with one of the symptoms listed above symptom:

  • The individual with a symptom should be tested.
  • The individual using the creative space should remain home until the test results are in.  If they are negative, they may resume activities as usual.
  • If the person they live with tests positive, the individual using the creative space must quarantine or get tested.  If they quarantine and no symptoms develop, they may resume activities after 14 days. If they get tested, and it is positive, they quarantine for 14 days AND until they are symptom free for 24 hours and no fever for 48 hours.  If it is negative, they can resume activities but ONLY if they or the person they live with who tested positive are quarantined from each other and there are no shared spaces between them.

☐ If a cast or crew member is unsure whether they should get tested, they should complete Quebec’s self assessment form.

☐ Any individual who is tested for Covid-19 should ask for and follow recommendations from Santé Publique as to when they can return to work and if a second test is necessary. In some cases, a second negative test may be needed in order to return to work.

☐ All individuals entering the creative space have been informed of the prevention measures implemented in the company to reduce and control the risks associated with COVID-19 along with the importance of complying with them.

☐ If possible, workshops are held in a digital/online format. Prior to an in-person workshop, a survey is sent to artists, facilitators, partners and collaborators to assess both the creative needs and individual boundaries, comfort, and risk level. PWM will consider the needs of the artistic work and whether gathering is necessary and essential in order to move the creation process forward. Based on the answers from the survey and the needs of the artistic work, the PWM dramaturg will decide if the activity will take place:

  • In person 
  • In a digital format 
  • In a hybrid version of in-person and digital format

☐ In the creative space, wherever possible, the physical distance of 2 meters is maintained from the start to the end of the work period and during breaks and meals. Masks must be worn at all times, even if an individual is alone in the creative space. This includes when individuals get up from the table, are doing any movement work, going into the office space, into the kitchen or going to the bathroom. Masks are always worn upon entering the creative space, leaving the creative space and during breaks. Masks may only be taken off while eating.

As of April 8th: It is mandatory to wear a medical mask (also called surgical mask), which will be provided by PWM. Staff cannot wear reusable masks while in the creative space. Masks are worn for a maximum of 4 hours. If a workday consists of 8 hours, individuals have 2 masks to use for the day. 

☐ When masks are not being worn, they should be removed completely from the face and placed in a secure, clean location. They should not be worn on the chin, or on the back of the head. (See Appendix B for instructions on how to properly put on a mask)

☐ Each individual using the creative space is given their own personal basket in which to store their personal belongings for the duration of their time in the creative space. Individuals bring their own coffee mug, water bottle, pen, paper, highlighter and any other material they might need. These items should not be shared with others. It is the responsibility of that individual to disinfect these items at the end of the day.

☐ Each individual using the creative space is designated a hook at the front entrance to hang their coat, umbrella and to place their boots.

☐ Scripts and other printouts are not shared amongst individuals. One copy for each individual is printed out, or is e-mailed to the individual to print out or read on iPad, tablet or e-reader.

☐ The number of people in the creative space is reduced to allow the minimum distance of 2 metres between people to be respected. As the creative space has a square footage of 929 sq. ft. ideally a maximum of 8-12 people should be in the space at any given time, depending on the configuration of the tables, and whether there is movement required.

☐ Physical contact is avoided, including shaking hands, “high-fives,” fist or elbow bumps, or hugging.

☐ When possible, stagger start and call times to limit the number of individuals in the creative space at any one time.

☐ Non-essential visitors to the space are restricted. If visitors are provided access, they are subject to the same guidance as staff members and those using the creative space, including the need for symptom screening and PPE requirements.

☐ Water and soap or a hydro-alcoholic solution with an alcohol concentration of at least 60% is available in sensitive areas for handwashing (entrance, bathroom, kitchen, creative space, office space).

☐ Limit as much as possible the amount of props, objects and set pieces used in the creative space. If props are to be shared, individuals disinfect their hands before AND after use, and the prop should be wiped down immediately after it’s shared use. If it is possible to wipe down between being passed from one person to the next, this is done.

☐ Any equipment (microphones, headsets, technical equipment), props, instruments and set pieces, that will be used in the creative space are cleaned and disinfected before and after use. It is recommended to identify who is responsible for this, and to include it on the cleaning checklist.

☐ Individuals who handle sets, equipment, objects or props during a rehearsal frequently wash their hands.

☐ Individuals using the creative space can use the kitchen in order to make coffee, and must follow the above-mentioned guidelines when doing so. Individuals are asked to bring their own water bottle, lunch and snacks and to keep these things in their own personal containers/lunch boxes.

☐ Garbage should be thrown out in the appropriate bins (paper towels in bin by kitchen sink and all other material in garbage by entrance).

☐ Efficient operation and maintenance of the ventilation systems is ensured. When it is not possible to keep windows open, an air purifier will be used. The air purifier should be turned on immediately upon entry of the space, and turned off when the last person leaves the space. It is important to note that the air purifier should be used in conjunction with all other safety protocols (masks, sanitization, distancing etc.) and not INSTEAD of.

☐ When weather permits, windows should be kept open. The air purifier can be kept on.

☐ During live-streaming performances, individuals do not need to wear a mask IF the blocking maintains a minimum distance of 2 meters between ALL cast members and there is no physical contact. Physical contact or close proximity (less than 2 meters) may be allowed if all other safety precautions have been met AND the actors wear a mask. 

☐ Any equipment (microphones, headsets, technical equipment), props, instruments and set pieces, that will be used during live stream performance are cleaned and disinfected before and after use. It is recommended to identify who is responsible for this, and to include it on the cleaning checklist.

☐ Individuals who handle sets, equipment, objects or props during a performance frequently wash their hands.

☐ Limit as much as possible the amount of props, objects and set pieces used during live stream performances. If props are to be shared, individuals should disinfect their hands before AND after use, and the prop should be wiped down immediately after it’s shared use. If it is possible to wipe down between being passed from one person to the next, this should be done.

☐ Each actor should have their own makeup kit.

☐ Personal equipment (such as tools, headsets, microphones, and radios) shall be cleaned both before AND after being issued.

☐ If possible, equipment such as radios/walkie-talkies/headsets shall be issued to a single individual and used exclusively by that person for the duration of production. If equipment must be shared between individuals, the item shall be wiped down between before and after use, and hand hygiene shall be performed after handling.

☐ When possible, stagger start and call times to limit the number of individuals in the creative space at any one time.

☐ Efficient operation and maintenance of the ventilation systems is ensured. When it is not possible to keep windows open, an air purifier will be used. The air purifier should be turned on immediately upon entry of the space, and turned off when the last person leaves the space. It is important to note that the air purifier should be used in conjunction with all other safety protocols (masks, sanitization, distancing etc.) and not INSTEAD of.

☐ When weather permits, windows should be kept open. The air purifier can be kept on.

☐ New clothes are washed or left aside for a minimum of 3 hours before a fitting. Clothes or costumes that have been tried on are set aside and washed or steamed or left for a minimum of 3 hours before being tried on by another artist or made available to the production.

☐ Fittings are done in isolated spaces and with one cast member at a time.

☐ The cast member being fitted, as well as the costume designer disinfect their hands both before and after the fitting.

☐ Costume designers or anyone who handle the clothes or costumes wash their hands frequently. 

☐ Clothes or costumes are kept in individual plastic covers, or brought home by each individual at the end of every rehearsal or performance.

☐ Clothes or costumes worn are washed with the usual laundry soap or dry-cleaned. (See “Linens, clothing and laundry items” section)

☐ A mask AND eye protection (goggles or a visor covering the face up to the chin) are provided to the costume designer (or anyone handling costumes) when completing a task that requires being within 2 meters of another person (ex: measurements, fittings etc.).

☐ The creative space can be rented out to an individual/company. It is the individual/company’s responsibility to ensure the safety of those using the space in relation to Covid-19, which should be included in their contract.

☐ Individuals or groups renting the creative space will fill out a form OR sign-in sheet verifying the information below, before each workday. This is done digitally or on paper. This information is confidential.

  • Fever (over 38 degrees Celsius)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Sudden loss of smell or taste
  • Gastric symptoms i.e. diarrhea, nausea, stomach aches or vomiting
  • Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, chills, sore throat, significant loss of appetite

Also check for the following:

  • Have they travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?
  • Have they had contact with someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or someone who has just travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days?

☐ Anyone who answers yes to any of the above (or displays a fever on the no touch thermometer) is informed of their obligation to leave the creative space until they are able to return in accordance with established health standards. (See Appendix A)

☐ A no touch thermometer is used when an individual enters the creative space to ensure that they do not have a fever.

☐ In order to ensure the safety of the PWM staff members using the office space, and for individuals using the creation space in conjunction with PWM, the same cleaning protocols listed above are followed during rentals (ex: cleaning every four hours of use).

☐ A PWM staff member does not need to be present during the entire duration of the rental, but must ensure that the cleaning is done (ex: they can come in after four hours and/or the end of the day).

☐ Efficient operation and maintenance of the ventilation systems is ensured. When it is not possible to keep windows open, an air purifier will be used. The air purifier should be turned on immediately upon entry of the space, and turned off when the last person leaves the space. It is important to note that the air purifier should be used in conjunction with all other safety protocols (masks, sanitization, distancing etc.…) and not INSTEAD of.

☐ When weather permits, windows should be kept open. The air purifier can be kept on.

The following guidelines should be used for workshops, rehearsals, performances and live streams ONLY if the guidelines for a small, stable team (SST) can be FULLY met.

☐ An SST is a team of no more than nine people, working exclusively together.

☐ An artist may not be part of two SSTs at the same time.

☐ There cannot be more than one SST per show/workshop, unless there are separate working/performance spaces and the different SSTs do not interact with each other.

☐ When an individual ends one SST (there are not longer any performances or rehearsals for that SST), they should wait a precautionary period of 7 days before entering another SST. This cannot be shortened by taking a test.

☐ The SST should be working in a controlled area (away from other people).

☐ Artists in the SST may be at least ONE metre away from each other without procedural masks or eye protection, IF they are working on a single act/show and form a stable team of less than 10 people.

☐ For a period of 15 minutes a day or less (cumulatively), the artists in the SST may be LESS than ONE metre away without a procedural mask or eye protection. Physical contact between two artists (bed scenes, close dancing face to face, touching parts of the face) is not permitted except for artists who live at the same address. Gestures such as handshakes, comforting gestures such as a hand on the shoulder, an aggressive gesture from the back, or an impulsive gesture such as a slap or punch, are permitted.

☐ With PPE, members of the SST can be at less than 1 metre with no time limit, with the same limitations as above. 

☐ For numbers and shows in which the artists are less than one metre from another person for less than 15 minutes without protection, PWM will keep a register containing the following information: dates and places of the numbers or shows, names of the workers concerned.

☐ Individuals at risk of serious complications OR individuals on unstable teams (ex: working on more than one show/production) MUST continue to stand at least TWO metres apart if they are not separated by a physical barrier or are not wearing a procedural mask or protective eyewear.

☐ Members can be removed from the SST at any time, however adding members is not recommended. One member can be added per 7 days IF they have not been a part of another SST in the last 7-10 days and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

☐ Directors, choreographers, crew members and designers are NOT part of the SST. They must remain two metres away from the members of the SST at all times.

☐ Non-SST workers are not obliged to wear PPE if they perform all of their tasks at a 2-metre distance, even if, for brief, unforeseen moments in their day, and not exceeding 15 minutes in total, they are at a less than 2-metre distance from another person.

☐ SST members should wait a minimum of 7 days in between ending one SST and joining another. This cannot be shortened by receiving a negative COVID-19 test.

☐ It is still mandatory to wear face coverings in enclosed public places at all times, even if you are more than two metres away.

☐ Members of the SST must follow public health guidelines when not in their SST, which include: maintaining a two-metre distance from people outside their household or SST, washing their hands frequently, following the rules and guidelines specific to their alert level, and wearing a mask or face shield as per the guidelines, or in situations where the two-metre distance cannot be maintained. A member of the SST should not be in another SST at the same time, however they if they have another job (ex: retail, teaching etc.) they may continue to work, as long as public health guidelines are followed.

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  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS
    OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19

You must either

  • Get tested for COVID-19. 

This is the recommended course of action because the individual will receive the results within a matter of days. If the results are negative, they can resume normal activities.

OR

  • Quarantine for 14 days. 
    • If you do not develop symptoms, you can end your quarantine 14 days after your last contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • If you do develop symptoms, you can end your isolation 14 days after the onset of your symptoms and:
      • You have had no fever for 48 hours without using fever medicine.
      • You have had no symptoms for at least 24 hours except for cough and loss of smell. These recommendations are mandatory even if you test negative for COVID-19 prior to the end of the 14 days, because you can develop the infection up to 14 days from the contact.
  1. YOU HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR COVID-19

You tested positive

You can end your period of isolation 14 days after the onset of your symptoms and:

  • You have had no fever for at least 48 hours without using fever medicine.
  • You have had no acute symptoms for at least 24 hours except for cough and loss of smell, which can last longer.
  • A second test may be recommended to confirm that you no longer have COVID-19.

You tested negative

A second test may be recommended to confirm that you do not have COVID-19. If a second test is not necessary or is negative, you can end your period of isolation 24 hours after the end of your symptoms and 48 hours without a fever.

https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/b/1/csm_20-210-64W_laver-les-mains_ef83e7854e.png?0Wash your hands before use of the face covering, also called handcrafted mask.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/a/a/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_etape-fixez-derriere-oreilles_8013421ea7.png?0With one hand, place the face covering over your nose and mouth. Use your other hand to attach it behind your ears with the elastic or string loops.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/0/a/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_etape-ajustez-nez_424cbec29e.png?0Adjust the face covering to your nose.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/7/4/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_etape-ajustez-menton_dbf5f60885.png?0Now adjust it under your chin.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/b/1/csm_20-210-64W_laver-les-mains_ef83e7854e.png?0Wash your hands after use of the face covering.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/5/7/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_humide_bdf177c693.png?0Change your face covering if it becomes moist, soiled or damaged.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/6/b/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_sur-le-cou_7168cc7b47.png?0Do not leave the face covering hanging from your neck or an ear. Keep it on your face and avoid touching it. If you do touch your face covering while wearing it, wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/e/2/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_retirer_b6ce064121.png?0Remove your face covering by the elastic or string loops without touching the front.
https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/_processed_/6/6/csm_20-210-64W_couvre-visage_laver_1b3fb8642b.png?0Fold the outer parts of the face covering together and place it in a clean bag. You may wash the face covering as soon as you get home, along with the rest of the laundry.

WARNING – FACE COVERING DOES NOT REPLACE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Hand washing
  • Physical distancing (2 metres)
  • Isolation at home if you are sick

Those procedures were last revised in April 2021 by Lindsay Petts, M.A.
You can download a printable version of our procedures here.

Any question? Call Lindsay Petts at 514-880-8708.