Place des Arts (PdA) will re-open on June 29, 2020 using a 2-stage approach.   

The health and safety of our PdA community is our priority. To ensure a welcoming and comfortable environment, we have developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan (see below) following Education, Recreation, Museum/Gallery protocols as per BC Ministry of Health, Public Health Authorities, WorkSafe BC, the BC Ministry of Education and BC Parks and Recreation Association.  

We are closely monitoring the situation and will adapt our safety plan and protocols, as necessary. Please check our website for the latest information. 

We extend our sincere gratitude for your support, patience and cooperation.  

As always, we welcome your feedback 

RE-OPENING SCHEDULE 

Summer Hours of Operation can be found here.

STAGE 1: BEGINNING JUNE 29 

From June 29 to September 7, visits to PdA will be limited to: 

  • Inquiries/registrations for our programs at the registration desk. 
  • Visits to the Artisan Shop. Note: Patrons are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment at 604-664-1636 ext 0 or email info@placedesarts.ca. 
  • Registrants participating in our summer programs.

Note: To avoid crowding, PdA’s in-person summer camps will use a curbside drop-off and pick-up procedure. Refer to the safety protocols that have been developed for our in-person camp from July 6-August 14.  

STAGE 2: BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 8  

We are busy planning our Fall season to align with BC’s Restart Plan. Information will be available on our website and through social media in early August. Our hours of operation are to be determined.  

Our Fall activities will include:  

  • A variety of in-person arts education programs. 
  • A variety of online arts education options. 
  • The launch of our 2020-2021 Exhibition season and visits to our galleries. 
  • A variety of customized “social bubble” events. 

We look forward to seeing you! 

COVID-19 Safety Plan

As of June 2020

1. Guidelines for Visitors*: 

  • All Visitors are asked to self-assess before entering PdA’s building. Visitors should not enter our premises if they are experiencing any symptoms (e.g.fever, sneezing, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and/or runny noseof COVID-19. 
  • Visitors must enter through the Brunette Avenue main front entrance. They will be met by a Greeter who will direct them.
  • Visitors are asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival. 

 *Visitors to PdA include members of the public: students, exhibiting artists, delivery personnel, PdA collaborators/supporters, venue renters, etc.

Please follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines from the public health authority: 

  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow crease. 
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least two metres (six feet) between yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer immediately after activities including, but not limited to: 
    • handling food and drink 
    • using the washroom 
    • when your hands are visibly dirty. 

2. PdA’s Additional Safety Measures and Modifications: 

  • Our Summer Fun! in-person camp and Summer Teen Theatre Troupe in-person rehearsals are using a curb-side drop-off and pick-up procedure. Parents/guardians should remain outside PdA’s building. 
  • PdA will limit the building’s capacity, and use floor markers and signage to manage pedestrian traffic flow and prevent congestion. 
  • Hand sanitation stations will be placed throughout the building. 
  • We encourage family groups (max. two people) coming in to register or to view the Artisan shop to stay together. 
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the registration desk. Floor decals indicate appropriate spacing for patrons. 
  • Public seating in the Atrium has been removed. 
  • Public washrooms are available to students and shop patrons only. 
  • The kitchen and café areas are available to PdA employees only. 
  • Food items are not available for sale at this time. 
  • If food items are brought to PdA, patrons will be required to take leftovers and containers with them. 
  • All PdA employees, self-employed contractors and volunteers (“Workers”) will be required to complete a health declaration prior to entering PdA for work purposes. 

Safety Measures and Modifications for our Arts Education Programs: 

  • PdA will continue to provide a wide variety of arts education programs online. 
  • Class sizes will be reduced to accommodate social distancing requirements.  
  • Classrooms are configured to provide a twometre distance between students for static activities and a four-metre distance between students for dynamic activities.  
    • (Static describes activities that do not require a lot of movement and can be contained within a 4 x 4 m space per individual)
    • (Dynamic describes movement activities that require greater than 4 x 4 m of space per individual)
  • Transparent barriers have been installed in smaller classrooms. 
  • Employees and teachers will follow classroom and program-specific (e.g., dance, visual arts, ceramics, music, theatre) safety and cleaning protocols. 
  • Class/lesson times will be staggered to avoid crowding. 

3. Personal Protective Equipment(PPE): 

  • Visitors are not required to wear a mask. 
  • For some arts education programs, students may be required to wear a mask. Students will be informed ahead of time if this is a requirement of their program.  
  • Workers will wear a mask and/or gloves when in close contact with students or patrons (e.g., administering first aid). 
  • Teachers will wear a mask and/or face shield when in close contact with children. 

4. Cleaning Protocols: 

  • PdA cleaning staff will use 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 often

5. Sickness Policy and Procedure: 

If a Visitor arrives at PdA ill or with COVID-19 symptoms, or becomes ill and/or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at PdA, PdA employees will take the following steps: 

  • Separate the symptomatic Visitor to an isolated area or a room with good airflow (e.g., where windows can be opened). The ill Visitor will be asked to put on a non-medical mask. 
  • Where possible, all PdA employees are to maintain a twometre distance from the ill Visitor and wear a non-medical mask and/or protective shield. 
  • The employee will stay with the ill Visitor and fill out the PdA Incident Report. This information may be necessary if the ill Visitor later tests positive for COVID-19. 
  • If applicable, themployee will inform the Visitor’s emergency contact to pick them up as soon as possible. Symptomatic/ill individuals should avoid taking public transportation if possible. 
  • The employee will contact 811 or the local public health unit to notify them of a potential COVID-19 case and seek further input. 
  • Other Visitors in close contact with the symptomatic individual will be notified and asked to monitor their health and to report any concerns to their healthcare provider. 

Visitors with symptoms associated with COVID-19 may only return to PdA: 

  • After self-isolating for a period of a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer; or 
  • Once they receive medical authorization to leave their home. 

Note: If the Visitor’s symptoms are due to allergies or other pre-existing medical conditions, the Visitor will be required to provide a doctor’s note before returning to PdA. 

6. Student Screening Questionnaire: 

All students aged 18 years and up and the parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 years must complete a Student Screening Questionnaire webform no less than one hour prior to each date upon which the student will enter the PdA building, or any authorized satellite site hosting PdA programs (“Facilities”) for an in-person rehearsal and/or class or lesson. The webform can be accessed from the Policies & Procedures page on the PdA website. 

A questionnaire must be completed for each student if more than one student per household participates in PdA’s programs on the same day. 

The screening questionnaire is used to identify students: 

  • who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, as characterized most recently by federal and provincial public health officials; 
  • have knowingly come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (including a member of their household); and/or  
  • have travelled outside BC. 

If you answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, or if the student is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below after completing the questionnaire, contact the PdA registration desk (604 664 1636 ext. 0) as soon as possible. If you are an Actor with the Summer Teen Theatre Troupe, email production@placedesarts.ca. 

Screening Questions 

  • Do you or does anyone in your household have any of the following symptoms, either new or worsened (if not associated with allergies, chronic or pre-existing conditions): fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and/or runny nose? 
  • Have you or anyone in your household come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days? 
  • Have you or anyone in your household returned to BC from outside the province (including USA) in the past 14 days? 
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