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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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Update on UCalgary Masking Mandate

As of 1 May 2022, the wearing of masks is no longer mandatory at University of Calgary, in oder to align with regulations in the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta. Exceptions include clinical settings and transportation in UCalgary vehicles. 


However, the University and the School of Creative and Performing Arts strongly recommend the use of masks in all indoor settings in order to protect all of our community within ongoing pandemic conditions—in particular, those who are immunocompromised or otherwise at risk. It is important that the decision to wear a mask by others should be respected and supported in all contexts.


Students and instructors should not attend class if they are symptomatic, in close contact with a positive Covid-19 case, or test positive themselves (whether or not they are symptomatic). Maintaining everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing as we navigate this continuously evolving situation is a collective effort; it’s in all of our best interests to treat one another with care and respect.

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.
  • 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.


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