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COVID-19 Guidelines for SCPA Classrooms, Studios, and Performance Spaces

Note – these guidelines will be updated on an ongoing basis as conditions evolve.

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Important Information

The University of Calgary has moved to online instruction until February 19th. More information is available here. Students are encouraged to visit their courses’ D2L sites for specific directions from their instructors. Students should also monitor their ucalgary email accounts for important updates. The University anticipates a return to in-person instruction on the Monday following Reading Week, February 28th. The information below will once again come into effect at that time

Proof of Vaccination Status

All students, staff and faculty are required to upload their proof of vaccination immediately on the Thrive Health Portal. Details are available here


Non-medical face masks are required in all performing arts activities, with the following exemptions:

Drama and Dance

  • technical and dress rehearsal and final public performance
  • final in-class presentations of solo creative work


  • wind instrument performance where bell covers are in place
  • solo vocal performance, or a single vocalist accompanied by instrumentalists, in final preparation for, or during, public presentation, with 4m social distancing from the audience, and where the vocalist either maintains 4m social distancing with, or maintains 2m and faces away from, collaborating instrumentalists

Physical contact between performers is allowed, but only if all participants are masked. Please ensure the use of hand sanitizer supplied in each room. Maintaining everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation is a collective effort; it’s in all of our best interests to treat one another with care and respect.

Rapid Testing and Vaccination

The University of Calgary requires that everyone coming to campus or participating in off-campus UCalgary activities be fully vaccinated or undergo regular rapid testing. Individuals must declare their vaccination status via the online Thrive Health app. Full information is available here.

Visitors to Campus

Rapid Testing or vaccination attestation also applies to non-UCalgary visitors to campus, including classroom and production guests as well as patrons attending SCPA events. Full information about UCalgary’s “Visitors to Campus” protocols can be found here.

Space and Equipment Cleaning

  • The SCPA will maintain a supply of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in every SCPA-supported classroom, studio, rehearsal, and performance venue. Please direct any requests to replenish hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes in SCPA spaces to Beth Violo
  • Where physical activity in studio and rehearsal spaces requires participants’ hands to come in contact with the floor, we strongly recommend that people sanitize their hands before their activity begins and after it concludes. If you feel that a more thorough cleaning or disinfecting of the space is required, please speak to the class instructor or your Division Lead.
  • Any shared equipment and high touchpoint areas within SCPA spaces should be cleaned prior to its use. This includes chairs, tables, and other furniture, musical instruments, light switches, doorknobs, and technology such as computer keyboards. Unless other specific cleaning instructions apply to the item you are using, please use the supplied disinfectant wipes and allow it to sit for at least 1 minute after cleaning before handling it.
  • Items passed between performers should be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant wipes prior to their use. Properties Workshop personnel will instruct Stage Management or the props item borrower on proper cleaning procedures.
  • All spaces must be returned to their “neutral” state after being used.


  • For woodwind and brass players that require the removal of your mask to play, a bell cover must be placed on the instrument. Woodwind and brass players are required to wear masks when not playing.
  • Singers must wear masks regardless of the performance needs.
  • Piano keyboards must be sanitized with a soap and water solution prior to use. Spray onto the keys a light mist of the solution from the spritzer bottle marked “Soap”. Leave the solution on the keys for 20 seconds. If there is residue left on the keys, apply a light coating from the spritzer bottle marked “Water” and wipe off the keys with a paper towel. Sanitize your hands before and after touching or playing the piano. Pianos used for performances will be cleaned regularly by a technician.
Closeup image of a the keys of a brass instrument


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