Winter 2023 COVID-19 Safety Measures

In light of the ongoing risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent new variants, and taking into consideration BC's public health measures, the Staff and the Board of Access Gallery have 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 and she will do her best to accommodate you in a way that feels secure for everyone.
  • We ask that you please do not attend the gallery or events if you are feeling unwell.
  • 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 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.