COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Entertainment Industries
In the midst of COVID-19 we’ve curated a selection of resources we believe to be of value to our industries. As your occupational health and safety association we endeavour to continue to share articles and knowledge in the hope of keeping our stakeholders informed.
As of August 25, 2021, BC has reintroduced a mask mandate for public indoor spaces across the province. Indoor spaces include theatres, concert halls, grocery stores, city halls, restaurants, pubs and bars, public transit, taxis, or office buildings where public services are provided.
Anyone visiting the Actsafe office with an appointment or attending an in-person class must wear a mask at all times. Please do not visit the Actsafe office if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
REGIONAL ORDER UPDATES:
General Actsafe Resources
Info Sheet – Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Info Sheet – Ergonomic Tips For Working From Home
AED Rentals – We understand that the situation surrounding COVID-19 has put a strain on all of us, including the productions we all work on. With the closures of many productions for unknown periods of time, we have received a number of requests to suspend the rentals of AEDs until productions are back up and running. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information or have any questions or concerns.
COVID-19 Support Program – Actsafe is partnering with Iridia Medical to bring their COVID-19 Support Program to Actsafe’s members at a special discounted rate. Programs include COVID-19 Compliance Officer Mentorship and Onsite Iridia COVID-19 Compliance Officer. Further formation and the application form can be found here.
Arts and Entertainment Industries Resources
Safe In Sound, reopening checklist for the live entertainment industry. This checklist and explanations will help you understand your risk mitigation decisions as you reopen and increase occupancy limits.
BCCDC Choirs and Bands – Participating in choirs and bands may lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission if proper precautions are not taken. If preventative measures are taken, risks can be minimized. Read the full document here.
Guidelines for reopening the music sector in British Columbia – The purpose of this document is to provide a high-level overview for the safe reopening of music businesses within British Columbia.
British Columbia Meetings & Events COVID-19 Safe Restart Guidelines – These guidelines are intended to support a safe restart of our businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging the adoption of best practices in future planning and servicing of meetings & events.
Live Event Community – Live Event Community has compiled a database of health, financial, and educational resources to help support and inform the live event industry during this time. Click here to access the database.
Creative BC – COVID-19 Updates – You can find Creative BC’s COVID-19 Updates page here, which also looks at containment measures affecting the creative industries.
Canadian artists and freelancers: find help here during COVID-19 shutdowns – CBC are continuously updating this list to direct you to the resources you may need right now.
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Impact Survey – The GVPTA are collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on arts and culture organizations across the province. Please take a moment to complete the survey; COVID-19 Impact Survey
AFC – Important Message Regarding COVID-19 – The AFC can provide financial or other problem-solving practical support when an unforeseen emergency causes urgent financial need. Click here for further information.
Ministry of Health, Province of British Columbia, Resources
Orders of the Provincial Health Officer
- Food Service Establishments, Liquor Services, and Events
- Workplace Safety
- Guidance on COVID-19 testing from June 17th, 2020 with some noteworthy points for employers considering testing of employees.
- Gatherings and Events – Public Health Order
- A variance of the Gathering & Events Order – Outdoor Worship Service (March 23rd, 2021).
Ministry of Public Health, Province of British Columbia, Resources
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – To help support workplaces during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the CCOHS have made some online products and resources available free of charge. CCOHS Pandemic Resources
BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool – The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts, and has a self-assessment tool built in. There is also a website version to determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccine Information For your Region
- Fraser Health (FHA)
- Interior Health (IHA)
- Northern Health (NHA)
- Vancouver Island Health (VIHA)
- Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Mental Health Resources
Psychological Toolkit – Actsafe is a supporting association of Work to Wellness and BC Municipal Safety Association’s Psychological Support Toolkit for Workers and Employers: COVID-19.
Mental Health Commission of Canada – Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 well-being. With guidance from Dr. Keith Dobson, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Calgary, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled the following tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones. Mental Health Tips.
Calltime: Mental Health Website Resource – Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. The following resource helps support you and your colleagues, friends; Calltime Mental Health Website.
Government of Canada: Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19 – Feelings of fear, stress, and worry are normal in a crisis. Find out how to care for your physical and mental wellbeing here.