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COVID-19 Risks and Precautions for the Performing Arts

September 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the performing arts causing major changes in how musicians and performers practice and rehearse, as well as bringing many live performances to a halt. With progressive reopening of various sectors, it is important to have an understanding of the key risks and appropriate precautions for minimizing risk. These can help with safer resumption of performing arts activities for those that work or volunteer in the sector, and for audiences attending performances.

This presentation will review current understanding of the key risks associated with the performing arts sector, and the precautions for minimizing risks of COVID-19 transmission in various settings. This presentation will be of interest to environmental and public health professionals developing guidance and recommendations for safe resumption of performing arts activities as well as those working in the sector.


Dr. Juliette O’Keeffe joined the NCCEH team based at the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2018 as an Environmental Health Knowledge Translation Scientist working to synthesize research across a range of environmental health issues to inform practitioners and policy makers. Her previous experience includes delivering environmental and public health research for industry, government, and policy-makers in Scotland. She holds degrees in Environmental Biology, Energy and Environmental Management and a PhD in Environmental Science.