CCOV’s guidelines, procedures, and recommendations for a safe return to the studio during COVID-19

Welcome back to the CCOV studio! You and your team are an important part of our community and we ask that you join us in doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe. Please use the following guidelines, procedures, and recommendations in order to respect the CNESST’s principal 3 guidelines with regards to workplace safety during COVID-19:

  • Exclusion of symptomatic workers from the workplace
  • Physical distancing
  • Hand hygiene & respiratory etiquet


  • No one exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19 may enter the CCOV.
  • As written on the Government of Québec website, if you test positive, you must isolate yourself for a period of 10 days after the onset date of your symptoms. You can end your isolation period when all of the following conditions are met:
    o 10 days have passed since your symptoms started.
    o You have not had a fever for at least 48 hours (without taking any fever
    o Your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours (excluding for cough and loss of smell, which can last longer).
  • If a member of your team tests positive for COVID-19 during your studio
    occupation or during the 2 weeks after your occupation, you are responsible for notifying a CCOV resource person as well as your team members. While you must inform the CCOV of the name of this person, we will keep this information confidential.
  • Everyone must wash their hands before and after each studio usage period as well as before and after eating, touching the face, coughing, sneezing, and wiping their nose.
  • The sharing of personal items, including food and water bottles, is not
  • Please cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and use tissues or the crook of your elbow. Immediately discard used tissues in the trash can and wash your hands.


  • A minimum of 2 meters of distancing between people must be maintained at all times. Physical contact (hugs, handshakes, etc.) must be avoided.
  • We strongly encourage you to wear a mask while at the CCOV.
  • Entrances and exits must be minimized, ideally to a single entrance (arrival) and exit (departure). Your entire team should enter the studio at the same time.
  • Upon arrival at the CCOV, a CCOV employee will record verbal consent
    confirming that all your team members are asymptomatic. You will have to answer a short questionnaire.
  • Street shoes must be removed before entering the studio.
  • A sanitizer gel dispenser is installed at the entrance to the CCOV and we
    encourage you to use it frequently.


  • You will have exclusive access to a single dressing room/washroom.
  • Access to the dressing room/washroom is limited to 1 person at a time.
  • Please limit the number of personal items you bring into the studio.


  • You will have access to a small refrigerator in the studio.
  • Meals can be eaten in the studio.
  • You will not have access to the CCOV kitchen so bring any eating utensils, etc. that you may require.
  • A spring water dispenser will be at your disposal in the studio.


  • In view of the distancing rules that are currently in effect, please email a CCOV resource person a simple work plan 1 week before your start date. This should demonstrate how your studio work will comply with public health guidelines.
    • Example # 1: we will be six dancers, but we will mark the floor with the space that each dancer can occupy and we will respect a distance of 2 meters between us.
    • Example # 2: we are two dancers who live under the same roof and we will not have to respect the 2-meter distance rule.
    • Example # 3: we are three dancers and will use the whole dance space alternately. We will never be in contact and will respect the 2-meter distance rule.


  • Access to the offices and the kitchen is strictly reserved for the CCOV team. Time spent in the lobby must be kept to a minimum.


  • You must respect physical distancing in the studio (2-meter distance between people). The number of team members in the studio is limited to 10 but the CCOV Technical and Production Director will confirm the number of dancers possible based on your work plan.
  • Physical contact is not allowed during the choreographic work unless the dancers live in the same household and therefore do not have to comply with physical distancing.
  • Whenever possible, dancers and other team members are encouraged to wear masks and protective eyewear.
  • Intense training can cause a large dispersion of droplets in connection with the participants’ breathing and movement. Dancers should limit themselves to a designated section of the studio space with the distance between the confined areas being a minimum of 2 meters from each other. Consider using tape on the floor to define these areas.
  • No members of the public or members of your team not included in your work plan will be allowed to enter the studio to watch rehearsals. No open rehearsals or public activities are allowed.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Gaétan Paré, Activities Coordinator –


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