Updated: March 24, 2020
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 fully closed to the public and all public events and programs cancelled until April 6, 2020.
- Artscape Gibraltar Point is closed to the public until Monday, April 6, 2020. Short-term artist residencies are suspended until April 30, 2020, while long-term artists in residence will continue to have access to their studio spaces.
- 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