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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources



Top Tips for Prevention and Planning

  1. Follow instructions from your local public health agency. This includes handwashing, staying home when sick and checking travel advisories.
  2. Get information from credible sources to avoid misinformation and myths.
  3. Review plans for business continuity and crisis management. Prepare to make informed decisions.

Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak Government of Canada

Event Safety Alliance - Webinar: Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak - Recorded on Wednesday, March 4, this webinar with Dr. Stuart Weiss (introduced by Jim Digby, President/Founder of the Event Safety Alliance) is available to stream for free.

ArtsReady Alert- Preparing for the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) This U.S. alert provides guidance in case of a delay, cancellation or temporary closure of theatres, museums and galleries. It includes information about:

  • Preparing Your Facility Now
  • Supporting Your Staff and Volunteers
  • Communicating with Audiences and Stakeholders

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19):Outbreak update (Government of Canada)

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Ontario Ministry of Health) - Updated daily at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) (Toronto Public Health)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (World Health Organization)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Event Safety Guide



The Event Safety Guide: A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Live Entertainment Events in the United States (2013)


Le guide sur la sécurité des événements: Un guide sur la sante, la sécurité et le bien-être d’événements aux Etats-Unis (2013) - Ebook uniquement édition française


The premier safety guidebook for anyone working in the event industry.

The Event Safety Guide is the United States’ first published safety guidance directed specifically at the live event industry. Culled from existing life safety standards and the insight of top professionals within the event industry, The Event Safety Guide compiles the best operational practices currently available in the live event industry in a single easily referenced manual.

The guide is not a “how-to book” or a complicated set of standards. Rather, it is intended to help busy industry professionals know what safe workplace practices might be, heighten their understanding of the importance of safety in everything they do, and apply these best practices in their daily work.

Designed for field use, The Event Safety Guide is categorically organized and written in straightforward and easily understood language. Thirty-nine chapters and five appendixes address a broad range of subjects relevant to most events, including emergency planning, weather preparedness, and fire safety, as well as specific technical issues such as pyrotechnics, rigging, and temporary staging. Included appendixes provide additional resources, including helpful planning checklists and information on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS). All referenced standards are thoroughly cited within the text to ensure readers know precisely where to turn for additional information.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out in the event industry, you’ll find The Event Safety Guide to be an indispensable reference when planning your next event.


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