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As of today, certain modifications to the Guide de normes sanitaires (CNESST) affect the circus world. 

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As of today, certain modifications to the Guide de normes sanitaires (CNESST) affect the circus world.
January 14, 2022

Jan. 14, 2022 Announcement regarding changes to the Guide de normes sanitaires (CNESST) due to the contagiousness of Omicron

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Since the Omicron variant is highly contagious, changes were made this morning to the Guide de normes sanitaires en milieu de travail (CNESST). Here are the changes that affect the circus world:

  1. When performing during a show, "stable crews" (of up to 9 people) will no longer be allowed to have physical contact unless all those people are triple vaccinated. Until the VaxiCode application is updated, proof of vaccination provided by Public Health is accepted. In addition, for individuals who have had COVID, proof of a PCR test is equivalent to vaccination for a three-month period. There is one exception to this change: 5 to 17 year olds, as they are not yet eligible for the 3rd dose.
  2. A person who has COVID can return to work after 5 days, if there is no more fever and if the symptoms diminish. This was previously 10 days.
  3. Masks must be worn at all times during training, rehearsals, breaks, etc., except for stable teams during a performance or audiovisual recording.
  4. Except for stable teams in performance, the physical distance of 2 meters must be respected at all times for all other team members.
    Other than these changes, the other rules in the Guide de normes sanitaires remain the same. The new edition of the guide will be available on the CNESST website early next week.

As a reminder, as of Monday, January 17, all categories of the population will have access to vaccination, and walk-in clinics will be open to the public.

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