As we start our new season with Hansel & Gretel rehearsals, we recognize that we are still dealing with COVID-19. Our priority is to provide our participants with a rehearsal space that maximizes their safety. Participants have already voiced that they are grateful to be back playing music, as it brings them both relief and joy. We feel that this service is critical to the health and well-being of our participants.
We're continuing to hold rehearsals while under the guidance of the Provincial government and Waterloo Region Public Health.
As a business conducting monitored gatherings, we operate under the indoor gathering limit of less than 50 participants (see this Ontario.ca Newsroom release for more information on the allowance). As of the Oct 3, 2020 amendment to Reopening Ontario Act Stage 3, we fall under the exception to indoor mask enforcement as an organization of people performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance.
Read more below to learn about all the COVID-19 measures VCO currently has in place to maximize participant safety. Please note that this list is regularly updated.
VCO COVID-19 Precautions as of Oct 5, 2020
Screening - Any person with symptoms of COVID-19, who has travelled outside the country in the past 14 days, is feeling unwell, or has been in contact with someone who has symptoms is not permitted at VCO engagements. Participants must sign documents confirming that they have not experienced any of the above.
Risk Mitigation - In consultation with our venue and the tools provided by the Federal and Provincial governments, we've implemented a number of measures to reduce risk. This means a physically-distanced entry procedure including hand sanitizing, physically-distanced seating arrangements, regular sanitizing of shared spaces, and more. As an organization of people performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance, we are not required to ensure all participants wear face coverings as of Oct 5, 2020, however we do require face coverings during breaks, and encourage the use of face coverings while playing for (strings).
Contact Tracing - a complete list of all names, emails, phone numbers, and addresses of our participants is readily available for contact tracing.