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TAPA COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

The COVID-19 Resource Toolkit includes the programs and partnerships TAPA has worked on to serve Toronto theatre, dance, and opera organizations during the pandemic. The Toolkit also includes ongoing advocacy communications between TAPA and bodies of government. The toolkit will be updated and shared with the TAPA membership on an ongoing basis.

TAPA COVID-19 Impact Survey #4 Results

Our industry has pivoted and many TAPA member companies have temporarily shifted to hybrid theatre, dance and opera models that include live streaming programing to pre-recorded film and digitization, as well we are anticipating the exploration of creating and utilizing outdoor spaces. TAPA is committed to tracking the numerous changes member organizations have made since the start of COVID-19 to represent the needs of our diverse membership in our ongoing advocacy efforts. One year later, we launched COVID-19 Impact Survey #4 and are now releasing the results.

The numbers tell the story and reveal the extraordinary setbacks members have encountered as the entire 2020-21 season has now been missed. In spite of these challenges, the majority of the TAPA membership anticipates being able to operate at some point during the upcoming 2021-22 season. Of 164 member organizations, 82% responded. The information released here is in aggregate.

Thank you to those organizations who were able to participate and to all TAPA members for your ongoing support of our advocacy efforts.

Preferred Pricing for COVID-19 Testing

There are many questions about the COVID variant and the efficacy of the vaccine, as well as the delayed roll-out and vaccine access for Canadians. TAPA understands that many of you are concerned about the continuance of your artistic practice and are considering asymptomatic testing of your artists to ensure safer work environments. In an effort to make testing affordable for all TAPA members, we are glad to announce a new partnership with SWITCH HEALTH. TAPA has negotiated preferred pricing for COVID testing for all TAPA members.

TAPA Partnership with TIAO

COVID-19 Public Health Updates

SourceTitleContentsLinks
Toronto Public HealthNovel Coronavirus (COVID-19)Situation reports, care, Q&A, event and travel information French, Chinese, Farsi March 16, 2020 statementWebsite
Toronto Public HealthNovel Coronavirus (COVID-19)City of Toronto COVID-19 BriefingsWebsite
Health CanadaCoronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resourcesAwareness resources, fact sheets: About, For travellers, etc.Website
Health CanadaOutbreak UpdatesUpdates, travel, mass gatherings, advisories, symptoms, risks, prevention…Website
Global Affairs CanadaTravel Advice and AdvisoriesGeneral travel risk levelsWebsite
Health CanadaCOVID-19 Travel AdvicePublic travel risk specifically related to COVID-19Website
Public Health OntarioCOVID-19 Public ResourcesFact sheets: monitoring, isolation, guide for caregivers… Available in multiple languagesWebsite
Ontario Ministry of HealthNovel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily updates on COVID-19 Travel and care info…Website
World Health Organization (WHO)COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update and Weekly Operational UpdateSituation reports from a global perspectiveWebsite

Workplace, Community, Stigma and Event Guidance

SourceTitleContentsLinks
The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Live Performance Health & Safety GuidelineCOVID-19 guidance for employees and employers Screening for and managing COVID-19 Controlling transmissionWebsite
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Workplaces/Businesses and EmployersFactsheet for workplaces (English)Website
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Workplaces/Businesses and EmployersFactsheet for workplaces (Chinese)Website
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Workplaces/Businesses and EmployersFactsheet for workplaces (French)Website
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Workplaces/Businesses and EmployersFactsheet for workplaces (Farsi)Website
Province of OntarioDeclaration of Emergency to Protect the PublicLegal order on temp. emergency powers limiting gatherings and closing all venuesWebsite
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Large Community Events/Mass GatheringsFactsheet for events (English)Website
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Large Community Events/Mass GatheringsFactsheet for events (Chinese)Website
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Large Community Events/Mass GatheringsFactsheet for events (French)Website
Toronto Public HealthGuidance for Large Community Events/Mass GatheringsFactsheet for events (Farsi)Website
Health CanadaRisk-informed decision making for mass gatheringsRisk assessment, mitigation and decision making for events based on WHO directionsWebsite
Health CanadaFor WorkplacesCOVID-19 guidance for employees and employersWebsite
Health CanadaCommunity measures to mitigate the spreadHow to work together to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the communityWebsite
World Health Organization (WHO)Mass Gatherings in the Context of the COVID-19 OutbreakInterim guidance on event planningWebsite
World Health Organization (WHO)Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19Mar. 3, 2020Website
World Health Organization (WHO)Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19Feb. 24 Edition A guide to preventing and addressing social stigmaWebsite

Arts Funder Resources & Announcements

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Canada Council for the ArtsFAQ - Impact of COVID-19 on Funded ProjectsFAQ on cancellations, delay and travel warnings for impacted clients (English)Website
Canada Council for the ArtsFAQ - Impact of COVID-19 on Funded ProjectsFAQ on cancellations, delay and travel warnings for impacted clients (French)Website
Ontario Arts CouncilCOVID-19 OAC Activity UpdatesFAQ for clients, governments restrictions on events etc.Website
Ontario Arts CouncilCOVID-19 OAC Activity UpdatesFAQ for clients, governments restrictions on events etc.Website
Toronto Arts CouncilCOVID-19 UpdatesInfo for clients, sign up for updatesWebsite
Canadian HeritageCOVID-19 UpdatesInfo for grants and contributions recipientsWebsite

Health/Mental Health Resources

OrganizationContentsPhoneLinks
Toronto Distress CentreEmotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention, intervention & postvention408-HELP (4357) 1-833-456-4566 Text 45645Website
CareMongering TO: TO Community Response to COVID-19Community resource sharingWebsite
Harm Reduction CoalitionHarm reduction guidanceWebsite
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of UncertaintyWebsite
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance“Working Through This” Webinar SeriesWebsite

Thank you to Hamal Doctor and Devon Ostrom for compiling the above links.

Additional Resources

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