As concerns about COVID-19 grow, Artscape’s priority is the health and safety of our employees, communities and the public.
In light of the announcement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on Friday recommending the immediate suspension of all large events/public gatherings of over 250 people due to COVID-19 with further announcements today, Artscape is taking protective measures to aid in controlling and containing the spread of the virus.
As of Monday, March 16, Artscape has taken the following actions:
- Artscape Performance and Event Venues services will be closed from March 16 to April 30, 2020 and all events and bookings cancelled during this time.
- Artscape operated Community Cultural Hubs, including: Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Youngplace, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Artscape Weston Common and Artscape Gibraltar Point will be closed to the public from end of day March 16 to April 6, 2020. However, tenants, members and owners will continue to have access to their spaces, although we have asked them to limit public access and have implemented a screening process for all visitors to these spaces.
- Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be closed to the public and all public events and programs cancelled from end of day March 16 to April 6, 2020. Launchpad’s coworking spaces will remain open for its members with reduced hours from 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and closed on the weekends. The Digital Media Lab and Creative Studios and all programming in these spaces will be closed as of March 16 to April 6.
- Artscape Gibraltar Point will remain open for short-term artist residencies currently in progress. We have implemented additional screening protocols, based on the most recent travel advisories. All visitors will be screened upon entry. Residents traveling from outside of Canada will be asked to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.
- Residential buildings in which Artscape manages units will remain operational with reduced staff focused on providing essential services such as: custodial, garbage collection and emergency issues.
- Artscape will continue operations at its head office, but where possible staff are being encouraged to work from home.
- Artscape will continue to monitor and act on advisories issued by key government and health authorities (Toronto and Ontario Public Health and WHO), with our priority being the health and safety of our employees, tenants, members and other Artscape stakeholders.
We are committed to providing the safest experience for our community stakeholders and staff at our hubs and facilities that remain open, including keeping our shared environments as clean as possible. Artscape has enacted a number of initiatives, to support this, including:
- Increased cleaning at all hubs and public areas of Artscape buildings, posting public health advisories and tips at facilities
- Development of a pandemic policy and response plan, and engaging a Task Force to operationalize it and provide front line support to staff and all of our stakeholders
- Communicating with our stakeholders about steps we’re taking to ensure their safety and how they can protect themselves and others
In the meantime, stay safe and take care of each other during this unprecedented time.
Tim Jones, CEO
*Book in Advance! We have suspended event bookings to minimize the spread of COVID-19, however, we are accepting inquiries for 2020 and 2021 event dates. Call us at 647.620.4754 or Inquire Here.