COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS AND UPDATES as of March 4th, 2021
To our dance community:
In an effort to deliver any pertinent information we can regarding COVID-19 and it's the effect on the dance community, we are sharing links from national and provincial dance and service organizations, the federal and provincial governments that will be helpful to the dance community.
Dance Nova Scotia will continue to populate this COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS AND UPDATES webpage as our members and dance schools work collectively to participate in our provincial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is vital to closely monitor official government announcements and make informed decisions for your organization's response.
*** Effective 8 a.m. March 5th until 11:59 p.m. March 27***
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Restrictions Lifted in Halifax Regional Municipality
Given low COVID-19 cases, the province is lifting or altering restrictions currently in place for Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and its neighbouring communities.
Many restrictions that came into effect on Feb. 27, such as restaurant hours, sports competitions, cultural performances and non-essential travel, will end Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m.
"Last week we were worried about increased case numbers in Halifax but what we are seeing this week warrants lifting some restrictions early," said Premier Iain Rankin. "I know that restrictions can have a significant impact on businesses but safety is always the first priority, and I want to thank Nova Scotians for following public health advice as that has allowed us to ease them earlier. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, your family and your communities safe."
The following activities will be allowed:
-- travel in and out of HRM and surrounding municipalities
-- participants and officials in performing arts and sports (recreational, amateur and professional) can gather in groups of up to 60 people without social distancing for rehearsals, performances, practices and regular competitive schedule
-- spectators at performing arts and sports will be allowed as long as the host facilities have a gathering plan
-- the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will reopen public school gyms for after-school use on March 6
-- restaurants and bars will return to previous dine-in service requirements, with service stopped by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m.
-- weddings and funeral in a faith facility or funeral homes can have 150 people outdoors or 50 per cent of capacity to a maximum of 100 indoors. Receptions and visitations continue to be not permitted in HRM and surrounding municipalities
Unchanged is the requirement for residents of long-term care facilities to only have visits from their two designated caregivers and can only leave the facility for medical appointments or for a drive with a designated caregiver. This restriction remains in effect until March 27 in HRM and surrounding municipalities.
"Thank you to all the Nova Scotians who turned out for testing over the past week," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health. "These record numbers helped give us a bigger picture of the virus in HRM and elsewhere in the province. It was critical to this decision."
Premier Rankin and Dr. Strang will address the easing of restrictions in more detail at Friday's COVID-19 briefing.
Affected by the restrictions were the suburban and urban areas of Halifax, including Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, Middle Porters Lake, Fall River, Enfield, Lantz, Hammonds Plains, Herring Cove, the Prestons, Lake Echo, Timberlea, Tantallon, Mount Uniacke and St. Margarets Bay.
Guidance for events: https://events.novascotia.ca/covid-19-advice-for-events
For the latest COVID information for the Province of Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Building a RECOVERY PLAN for your dance school/studio
In late May, dance schools were asked to build a recovery/reopening plan that would meet health department restrictions/guidelines for reopening. Dance Nova Scotia has amassed several plans from large organizations to help build a recovery plan for a school or performance venue. Here are some well laid out plans and documents that can be used as references when building a reopening plan:
RECOVERY AND REOPENING information (Phase One & Two)
Dance Nova Scotia, as part of the provincial cultural sector, has been meeting with Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) as well as with Dr. Robert Strang (head of the provincial COVID response) regularly, to ensure the dance community is receiving updated information as recovery efforts move forward. Clicking on the links below will give you relevant information on updates. There are also answers to many questions (FAQ) that have been submitted as these changes are made public. These are very good resources and reference material for anyone interested in the changes that occured. They appear according to the issue date:
COVID-19 information, initiatives and relief programs (Federal & Provincial)
Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Province of Nova Scotia.
Click here for more information on the Province of Nova Scotia response to COVID-19
Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Government of Canada.
Click here for more information on the Federal Governments ECONOMIC Response Plan to COVID 19
Here is the link to an overview of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations released May 8th.
Canadian Recovery benefit (CRB)
The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For information on CRB click here
COVID AND ONLINE TEACHING:
If you are teaching online, you need to be sure you are covering your responsibility to pay SOCAN tariffs. It will depend on what platform you are using.
We will be updating information on SOCAN and online teaching shortly as there are currently developments we are working on with other dance organizations across the country.
Resource Links to cultural sector-specific information and websites:
The Canadian Dance Assembly website is an incredible source of information relevant to the dance community CDA COVID-19 Resource page.
Dance Studio Owners and teachers!!
On Friday, May 8, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) in the USA held a free webinar titled, “Ultimate Structured Improvisation: The Future of the Private Dance Studio”. You can listen to the recording of the session by CLICKING HERE and find the accompanying Powerpoint visuals HERE. While panelists are American dance studio owners and teachers, there is good information here no matter where you live or work—practical advice on current and future financial/operational aspects, as well as some interesting ideas for keeping your students engaged and collaborating with other studios. If you are a studio owner or dance teacher, there is something here for you.
Make sure you continue to monitor the progress of the disease through the links above. THE CANADIAN DANCE COMMUNITY is united to help deal with the fallout of this unparalleled moment in our history bu sharing information and resources and to advocate for the dance community. Please don't be afraid to contact anyone with questions or concerns.
If you have questions or concerns or are looking for information or organizations who might be able to help with advice, you can contact Cliff Le Jeune, Executive Director or Dance NS at email@example.com