Blog How COVID Voiceovers Kept Us Busy in 2020

Posted by Dorita Dahl-Foreman on December 16, 2020
Covid virus

From social-distancing announcements in public spaces to IVR-messages for booking COVID tests, the demand for a different kind of voiceover developed in 2020. Whether at very short notice, or in a variety of languages, let’s take a glimpse at how COVID requests kept us busy this year.


The client asked us to update some existing health and safety announcements, to reflect additional COVID restrictions, to be used within an airport. We assisted with transcribing the existing prompts, translating the transcriptions and the new COVID safety measures from English to Canadian French and recorded both sets of announcements in Canadian English and Canadian French, for continuity using one bilingual voice talent.


Workplace Health & Safety

Targeting warehouse employees with an informal video, the client wanted to remind workers to socially distance, wash their hands, wear a mask etc, as well as reminding them of typical symptoms. We assisted with providing voiceovers in English, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Arabic and Tagalog.


In this particular project, we recorded an Arabic voiceover for a health company’s telephone system, where listeners could interact to book a COVID test, hear symptoms and find out more information about safety precautions. We also assisted the client with the translation from English to Arabic.

Shopping Centre

We assisted this client twice with recording Somali voice over for a PA system played to shoppers in a centre, reminding them to socially distance.

These four examples are just a snapshot of what we have been working on in 2020 here at Voice Talent Online on top of our “normal” work.

Needless to mention, during the year we have also been proud to assist medical companies in a multitude of languages with voiceovers for COVID medical trials.

2020 has been a truly different year that we are certain everyone will remember. Stay safe!

Find out more about VTO’s voice over services.


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