COVID Protocols Guidebook for the Arts Sector and Live Events

RISE UP Calgary

Released by RISE UP Calgary in June 2021, this guidebook is intended to mitigate risks stemming from COVID-19.

Its contents can inform and complement operational plans and occupational and safety protocols, plans, and manuals already in place for an organization.

Information regarding COVID-19, its health transmission, and Alberta Public Health Measures are constantly changing, and measures outlined in this document may become out-of-date as expert and public knowledge of the virus increases and the rate of transmission decreases and vaccination improves. It is the responsibility of every event organizer and organization to ensure their operations and plans are being informed by the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, and that they are adhering to the most current public health measures as mandated by their municipal and provincial health authorities.

This guidebook offers practical considerations for the live experience and event sector recovery processes and does not constitute legal or professional advice.

The intent is to help event professionals and arts organizations minimize the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. This is accomplished by introducing the concept of “duty of care” and sharing recommendations that take safety into account at every point of an event.

No single measure or action is effective in every situation. Employ multiple actions whenever possible. Event organizers should look to provide a multi-layered approach to their safety planning and implementation to allow for the greatest chance of success in the prevention and suppression of COVID-19 transmission.

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