Health and Safety Response to COVID-19
March 16th, 2020:
All shows up until at least March 26th have been cancelled to follow health advice about social distancing. Event organizers and the VEC will keep you posted about what will happen for future shows.
We encourage everyone who is able to stay home as much as possible right now to protect the healthcare system and the most vulnerable.
This is going to be a tough time for artists, event organizers, and staff at the VEC. We are currently brainstorming creative solutions to support each other and keep this community space going for the long haul! Stay tuned for updates on that.
March 13, 2020
The health and safety of our community is one of our top priorities at this time, and like everyone, we’re following the COVID-19 developments very closely. We continue to monitor the latest advice from our provincial and federal health agencies, and want you to know that we are doing all that we can to act based on this advice, to prioritize the health and safety of attendees without unnecessary closure or cancellations.
While the risk of contracting the illness remains low, we recognize that people will be wondering how we are responding to the situation, whether events will be going ahead as planned, and what action we are taking to limit any potential exposure to the virus. At the time of posting, the Provincial Government has ordered the cancellation of indoor gatherings of more than 250 people. Our venue’s capacity is within this threshold, and many events do not reach beyond 100-150 attendees. More important than the numbers, we are told, are sanitation practices, availability of hand-washing facilities, and encouragement of health-conscious behaviour to minimize potential contamination. Our health and safety actions include:
- Posting fact sheets on COVID-19 throughout our space to remind our guests of the ways they can keep themselves and others healthy.
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning duties, including the disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as countertops, door handles, and restrooms.
- Offering paid sick time to our employees.
- Encouraging employees to work from home if possible.
We also encourage people to follow the updates from BC’s public health officer, issued each day at 3:30pm. These are a valuable, and we believe reassuring, source of information.
If you are not feeling well, we ask that you please stay at home rather than visiting our venue or attending events. If you need to get in touch, you are welcome to contact us by email, phone or social media. Ultimately, our goal is to keep the VEC open and available to serve our community.
The Victoria Event Centre