We are hearing growing apprehension about the potential impact of COVID-19 in Toronto. This is a serious concern for all TAPA producing members as many remember the impact that SARS had on our industry. While there is justifiable concern for all TAPA member artists and artsworkers, colleagues, and audiences, the public health risk remains low for the city of Toronto. TAPA continues to monitor and follow the guidance of Toronto Public Health advisories.
The current situation as assessed by the Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring eight positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. To date, there have been two other confirmed cases reported in Toronto. Note that both of these individuals have since recovered from their illness. At this time the virus is not circulating locally, however given the global circumstances, TPH is actively working with City and health partners to plan for the potential of local spread. TAPA is also working together with our colleagues at PACT and Tourism Toronto and will keep you informed and share information as it becomes available.
Please follow the links below for government updates on COVID-19:
Other useful links, some of which were also shared recently by PACT that you may want to reference:
- Novel-Coronavirus Fact Sheet from Toronto Public Health
- March 2 statement from Dr.Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health for city of Toronto
- Coronavirus Arts Ready Alert Sheet from our colleagues in the USA at ArtsReady.org and the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Response
- Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in the USA notice posted on February 25, 2020
- The World Health Organization has shared a post on mass gatherings