COVID-19 information and resources for the arts community

Toronto Arts Foundation's Neighbourhood Arts Network is committed to providing accurate and up to date information for the arts community throughout the COVID-19 emergency response period.

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 may present extraordinary challenges for artists and arts organizations in Toronto. For more information and to stay up-to-date, please visit our affiliate's website, Toronto Arts Council, by clicking here.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF (source: Toronto Public Health)

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention measures include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill
  • Stay home when you are ill
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Considerations for producers postponing or cancelling events :

  • If you have insurance, the provincial directive may be sufficient to trigger insurance and contract 'force majeure' clauses;
  • Please consider contingency plans - in particular note that artists and others depending on short term contracts for their livelihood may be seriously affected by cancelled contracts
  • Consider inviting audience members to make a donation in lieu of requesting refunds

Track impact - any potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss.

Neighbourhood Arts Network will continue to take lead from the Council.