The provincial health office announced the lifting of a number of restrictions as they pertain to gathering and crowd sizes, starting on July 1.
How does this affect the festival?
For indoor shows, our capacities are set to allow for physical distancing. We will not have any additional tickets for shows at Performance Works or Ironworks.
We remind everyone to be kind. The complexity of producing a festival in what is still an ongoing pandemic cannot be overestimated. We are doing our best, and we hope that you will take this into consideration when interacting with our staff and volunteers.
Businesses are still required to have an approved communicable disease plan.
As July 1 is a holiday, and July 3 & 4 are weekends, we are unable to have a new plan approved in time to change our capacities.
We must continue to operate under our current safety plan.
For Ocean Artworks, which is outdoors but covered, the news is better—we will be able to allow additional people into the space.
We will continue to contact trace, so RSVPs are still encouraged—if you pre-book, your experience will be much smoother as we’ll already have your contact information.
Shows at Ocean Art Works from July 1-4 include:
Frankie’s Jazz Club has been able to increase capacity also.
The following shows have room for additional audience members as of July 1:
What remains unchanged?
We will still be undertaking enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols, and our mask policies will remain in place.
Dr. Henry’s actual advice is that people who are two weeks past their second shot can feel comfortable unmasking. Others should continue to wear masks.
Here’s a link to her advice, and the relevant quote:
“Even with the changes, masks remain an important layer of protection, and we should all continue to wear them in all indoor public spaces until we have immunity from the second dose of vaccine.”
We cannot be responsible for people’s private medical information in a secure way, and will not be quizzing people about their vaccine status.
Given that more than 70% of British Columbians have only one vaccination, everyone will continue to wear masks. All audience members and non-singing or horn-playing performers will continue to be required to wear a mask at all times, unless actively consuming a beverage.