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Read Best Practices – Voice Studios in PDF format.
Some preliminary recommendations for eligible production facilities preparing to re-open.
- Consider remote recording from home if possible.
- Health screening assessment at point of entry to studio:
- Questionnaire (required) Ontario sample assessment
- Temperature check (at the discretion of the employer)
- Any individual that does not pass the screening test will not be permitted to enter the studio.
- Individuals that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms during the workday should notify Production immediately and be isolated and evacuated per Public Health recommendations.
- Training to be provided on the following:
- Use of face masks at all times (except when recording)
- Install barriers between performers to assist with physical distancing.
- Always ensure that performers are provided with 2 metre distancing from other individuals.
- In order to air out the studio in between performers using it, please provide sufficient time between sessions.
- Sanitize all surfaces and equipment before and after each session, including the microphone,POP filters, script stand, and any other equipment the performer will come in contact with. (This website may be useful.)
- Consider using disposable covers to protect mics.
- Offer to wipe down the equipment in the presence of the performer to reassure them of what has been cleaned before the work.
- Allow actors to use their own headphones or provide disposable earphone covers.
- Limit sharing of equipment as much as possible.
- Provide hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities and encourage everyone to wash hands on entering the facility and again before they leave.
- If there are any situations where physical distancing is difficult, PPE (ie: face masks) should be used.
- We understand that many performers are waiting in their vehicles until they are notified to enter the studio, however please note that not all performers have a vehicle and they should be provided a safe clean holding area, that allows for 2m distancing.
- Limit the number of people at the session by having staff who need to observe the session call in remotely.
- Have work reports initialed digitally by the performer/agent. The performer should establish a record of work time, by sending their Time In and Time Out to their agent via text or email.