Guide to COVID-19 Productions Resuming Operations

Guide to COVID-19 Productions Resuming Operations


 Wherever possible, productions should take all reasonable steps to ensure hosts, crewand members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Productions must adhere to all territorialand federal travel restrictions.

The following guidelines should be followed by production crews on set/on location and in production offices.

  • International and domestic travel continues to be restricted. Anyone entering Nunavutmust self-isolate for 14 days, with certain exceptions. Visit review current public health orders.
  • As of June 1, the Chief Public Health Officer has lifted in-territory travel advisories. Travel outside of Nunavut is still not recommended.
  • As much as possible, offer virtual pre-production. Limit the number of face-to-face interactions.
  • According to Workplace Safety and Health legislation, employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace for their workers. Employers must designate a health and safety representative if they have 10 to 19 workers. Employers and representatives should ensure all workers are following COVID-19 guidance recommendations.
  • Consider how to adapt activities to take place outdoors, when possible.
  • Limit on-site visitors and other non-essential staff. Avoid contact and interactions with the general public.
  • Individuals must use the self-screening tool daily before reporting on set/location or the production office, and must stay home when ill. Individuals at higher risk of serious illness may consider waiting to return on set/location.
  • Maintain a single point of entry and discourage people from leaving/re-entering the premises. Hand hygiene stations should be placed at the entrance and strategically throughout the premises. All individuals should be directed to clean their hands upon entry and upon leaving the premises, as well as regularly throughout the day. Screen all individuals at the entry for symptoms and exposures using the screening posters*or the online screening tool.
  • Educate staff and crew on physical distancing.
  • Minimize close contact with others (within two metres/six feet). When this is unavoidable and close contact is required, a non-medical mask (or medical mask, if available) should be worn. Minimizing the amount of time where close contact within two metres is absolutely required without personal protective equipment, such as during filming. 
  • Shared equipment (such as props, camera equipment) must be cleaned/disinfected frequently and after each use. A designated individual must ensure this is being done properly and consistently.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning of indoor facilities, particularly washrooms. All high-touch surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized with Health Canada approved disinfectant that kills viruses, including coronaviruses.


Contact: Corinne Dunphy