Control Rooms & Shared Equipment

All workers using the control booth should conduct a self-assessment prior to arriving at work. See Workplace Screening for guidance.

  • All personnel should wear a face covering when in the control booth
  • Where possible, the control booth should be reconfigured to allow for at least 2 metres’ (6 feet) separation of booth personnel; where this is not possible, physical barriers should be installed between work stations
  • A hand sanitizing station should be set up just inside the entrance to the control booth and everyone should use it upon both entry and exit
  • Equipment and consoles should be wiped down with a disinfectant that meets Health Canada guidelines using the manufacturer’s guidance before and after use
  • Access should be limited to personnel who absolutely need to be in the control booth—a separate area backstage should be designated as a pick-up/drop-off point for headsets and belt packs, walkie-talkies, microphones, etc.
  • If the sound operator is located in the control booth with an open window and it is close to audience seating, or if the sound operator is in the house, Front of House Management should block off those seats so a 2 metre (6 feet) distance; if this distance is not possible, plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier should be installed between the sound operator and the audience
  • Avoid sharing equipment and supplies (tools, office supplies, walkie talkies, etc.)
  • Encourage individuals to store their own equipment in a predefined area or in a bag labeled with their name when not in use
  • Appropriate supplies of PPE and receptacles for the disposal of PPE should be provided in accordance with the protocols established

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