TMA149 COVID-19 Health & Safety Recommendations

for Live Performance, Sound Recording and Screen-Based Scoring

Based on guidance from AFM Local 47, Hollywood, CA

  1. Facilities
    1. Safety/Health Officer on-site throughout each session
      1. Identify a management individual with chief responsibility for COVID-19 prevention/response; provide workers with contact information regarding COVID-19 response https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/
    2. Minimum requirements
      1. Hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, paper bags (for masks when not in use) for participants
      2. Adequate air circulation following guidelines of fully replenished air every 4-5 minutes where possible
      3. Washrooms should be equipped with paper towels rather than air dryers
    3. Adjustments to existing entrance/exit, washroom and catering protocols
      1. Assess adequate time allotments for entrance/exit and washroom breaks in the context of small striping sessions
      2. Assess catering practices to ensure that:
        Beverages are either in single-use containers or brought from home and in either case, promptly removed at the end of the session
        Catering is either individually boxed, brought from home or prohibite
    4. Stage, booth and other on-site facilities to be cleaned and sanitized
      1. Full-site sanitizing after each day of sessions
      2. Sanitizing of gear and specific work areas after each session
      3. No refuse or trash to be left on site
    5. Gear/Equipment
      1. Outside gear (i.e. gear brought in by engineers, etc.) to be restricted or sanitized
      2. Equipment and instruments provided on the stage to be sanitized
        Headphones
        Chairs/baffles/music stands
        Pianos and other stage-bound musical instruments
        Recording gear and equipment
      3. Cartage companies to ensure sanitary handling and delivery of encased instrumentSocial Distancing and safety
  2. Social Distancing and safety
    1. The number of musicians and other participants per session will be strictly limited by the parameters of social distancing for each facility.
    2. All participants shall wear masks at all times except during actual performance by wind and brass players
    3. Floor plans shall be created for each stage and booth, with layouts that will in every case provide for the following:
      1. 2 metres for everyone, including string players, percussionists, harpists, pianists, music prep professionals, crew and booth participants
      2. 3 – 4 metres for wind and brass players while they are on the stand *
      3. Sanitary receptacles for brass players; brass instruments require removal of condensation that is typically left on the floor surface; receptacles must be provided and disposed of safely
      4. Each booth divided into stations created for social distancing of 2 metres per individual; in no case will more individuals be in the booth than distancing requirements allow* Studies are currently underway in regards to air expelled by wind players through their instruments; adjustments to distance between players may be required
  3. Sheet music and other paper materials
    1. Music prep professionals (librarians, orchestrators and copyists) shall follow mask and glove protocols for handling, distributing and collecting sheet music.
    2. Contractors shall accept tax information and collectively bargained forms (e.g. Cartage) digitally, or via mail.
    3. Musicians shall conclude the session with sheet music collected on the stand.
  4. Illness-related issues
    1. Any musician, crew or other participant who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms as defined in the link below shall not attend the session.
    2. Any musician, crew or other participant who exhibits or feels the onset of such symptoms during the session shall leave immediately.
    3. In either case, testing and tracking shall be undertaken immediately.
    4. Issues regarding how testing and tracking will occur, who will do the tracking, how records are kept, privacy, PIPEDA and more will need to be established in advance of scoring.
    5. Musicians or crew who report symptoms either shortly before or during the session shall not be deprived of wages or benefits.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html