As of September 15, 2021
As per the Provincial Health officer’s announcement on June 17, 2021, Place des Arts’ (PdA) is no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan but transition to a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. Communicable disease prevention mitigates the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases at our centre.
PdA’s Communicable Disease Prevention plan guidelines outlined in this document have been developed according to WorkSafeBC guidelines which outline a four-step process to reduce the risk of communicable disease transmission. Steps include understanding the level of risk, implementing appropriate measures, communicating policies and protocols, and updating measures and safeguards as required.
1. Understanding the Risk:
The level of risk of certain communicable diseases, including COVID-19, may increase from time to time or on a seasonal basis. PdA will monitor and review communicable disease-related information issued by our Fraser Health Officer or the Provincial Health Officer if it’s related to our industry, region or at our centre and will respond accordingly.
Additional measures could include:
PdA will update its policies and protocols as needed and will communicate changes to the public.
PdA will ensure workers are trained and kept up to date on changes to policies and procedures.
 Workers include PdA employees, self-employed contracted teachers and artists and volunteers
2. Safety measures, practices, and policies to reduce the risk
a) Proof of vaccination
By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination will be required for all registrants 12 years and up participating in/or attending an in-person dance and movement PdA program or an event with 50 or more people.2Beginning September 13, 2021, participants 12 years and up must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by October 24. Fully vaccinated means seven (7) days after dose two. The order is in effect until January 31, 2022, and may be extended
Dance & Movement Participants:
Please report to the PdA Check-In Desk by the main entrance and present your proof of vaccination and valid government photo ID upon arrival before participating in and/or attending your in-person class, private lesson or any event with 50 or more people taking place on or after September 13, 2021. Please review our Proof of Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions to confirm what documentation you need to bring. Participants 12 – 18 years of age are not required to show photo ID.
Participants 12 years and up will not be permitted to participate in any dance or movement in-person program or attend any event with 50 or more people if they are unable to present proof of vaccination.
PdA will not provide any refunds or make-ups for classes or private lessons that you or your child(ren) cannot attend because you are unable to provide proof of vaccination.
For more information on how to receive your proof of vaccination, please visit Province of British Columbia proof of vaccination.
b) Mask Policy
By order of the Public Health Officer announced August 24, 2021 all students, visitors and workers 12 years of age and up are required to wear a mask in our facilities at all times. Students and visitors under the age of 12 are encouraged to wear a mask but are not required to do so.
Exceptions to the mask policy include:
 Visitors to PdA include members of the public: parents/guardians of students, exhibiting artists, delivery personnel, PdA supporters, venue renters, etc.
c) Health check before entering PdA
All students, visitors and workers are asked to self-assess before entering the PdA building. No one should enter if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease (e.g., fever, chills, coughing, loss of sense of smell or taste, difficulty breathing).
Students and visitors must enter through:
Students attending classes at Evergreen Cultural Centre, or any other satellite site hosting PdA programs, will be provided with separate instructions prior to the start of their class.
 See Appendix 1
Hand sanitation stations have been placed throughout the building.
Avoid touching your face.
Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow crease.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer immediately after activities including, but not limited to:
PdA’s HVAC system is inspected and tested regularly including filter changes in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and any regulatory codes and recommendations. All systems have been installed to code in place at the time of installation including ASHRAE standards. Further, PdA’s HVAC components are also replaced regularly according to the City of Coquitlam’s facility lifecycle upgrade/replacement program. On top of these standard practices and programs, the City continues to track recommendations from BC Health, and this would include measures pertaining to how we operate and maintain the HVAC systems in all our facilities.
f) Keeping space between people
While strict physical distancing is no longer required, PdA is implementing the following measures to minimize crowding:
Note: Food items are not available for sale at this time.
g) Safety measures in the classroom
Students will wear masks except for activities that cannot be performed while wearing a mask including:
Transparent barriers are installed in smaller music studios to separate teacher and student
Students will bring their own supplies and will be asked not to share
Shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected after each use
h) Cleaning and disinfecting around the building and in classrooms
PdA cleaning staff follow BC Ministry of Health guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting our facility. This includes a two-step cleaning procedure for soiled areas: initially, a thorough cleaning using a neutral cleaner and then a secondary cleaning using an approved disinfectant.
Cleaning protocols specific to classroom activities and equipment have been established and will be followed.
High-touch surfaces in common areas will be cleaned at least once in every 24-hour period and when visibly dirty.
 Place des Arts uses Fantastik Disinfectant All-Purpose Cleaner and a liquid sanitizer.
i) Sickness Policy and Procedure
If a student, visitor or worker exhibits COVID-19 or communicable disease symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, coughing, loss of sense of smell or taste, difficulty breathing) while at PdA, PdA employees will take the following steps:
Note: If the student or visitor’s symptoms are due to allergies or other pre-existing medical conditions, the student or visitor will be required to provide a doctor’s note before returning to PdA.
Appendix I: Health and Safety Information for PdA Students Taking Classes at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Arriving for Class
There is no waiting area at Evergreen this year. All students must line up outside the Stage Door entrance. Please dress for the weather. Your instructor will open the door 5 minutes prior to class starting.
All students (including children under 12) and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times (including during classes and lessons) within the Evergreen facility.
You will be asked to show your proof of vaccination at the door.
Students will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry.
Please note the water fountain at Evergreen is no longer in use. Please bring a full water bottle to each class.
Leaving your Class
When class is over, students will exit through the Rehearsal Hall exterior doors. Parents of young children may wait for their child at these doors; please knock on those doors if you are late for pick up and the door is closed.