Spring 2022 COVID-19 Safety Measures

In light of the changes to BC’s COVID-19 public health mandates, the staff and Board of Access Gallery has discussed our concerns, and decided on a slow approach to our organizational health measures. 

Many artists and arts workers in our community have public facing service jobs and will bear an increased risk as safety measures are removed. We choose to take a slow approach in order to support those most affected by the impacts of this pandemic (physical and mental)—including people with disabilities, those who are immunocompromised, young kids who can't yet be vaccinated & their parents, and those struggling emotionally to re-emerge for many reasons. We welcome you all to the space, and hope that through our programming and safety measures, Access can be a safe and regenerative space for you to visit.

We are maintaining the following procedures:

  • We will still require masks to be worn at all times while in the gallery
    • we'll provide disposable masks should you forget yours at home when you visit. If you are immunocompromised, and want to visit with your household only, please email Katie at katie@accessgallery.ca and she will do her best to accommodate you in a way that feels secure for everyone.
  • We will check vaccine passports for our events through the spring 
  • We will keep limited event capacities for events
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizers at the front door
    • We respectfully remind you to wash your hands, and use good hygiene practices in order to keep common items such as doors, as safe as possible for our staff and visitors. 
  • We still encourage physical distancing in the gallery
    • Please keep a respectful distance from other visitors
    • We still have a plexi barrier at our administrative desk, which although we now know doesn’t reduce transmission given the airborne nature of this virus, does encourage a bit of distance to protect our staff.

We will continue to assess recommendations from the provincial and federal public health, and make updates to our safety measures as needed. 

Please note that due to some security concerns unrelated to COVID-19, our washroom is not currently accessible to the public.

We're so glad to be open again and look forward to seeing—the upper half of—your faces.