From the beginning of this global pandemic, Visual Arts Brampton has prioritized the health and safety of our students, staff members and community. This chart summarizes the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures that have been put into place as we reopen our studio to the public. View our complete COVID-19 Policies and Procedures document or download this summary chart as a PDF. Last updated on: August 24, 2021.

COVID-19 Policies & Procedures Summary
Keeping Our Community Members Informed
  • All participants will receive an information sheet outlining our COVID-19 policies and signage is installed at the studio to remind participants of these policies.
  • Our COVID-19 policies will be constantly reviewed to ensure they are aligned with all current public health recommendations.

Updated

COVID-19 Self-Assessment & Symptoms

  • Staff and participants are required to conduct an online COVID-19 self-assessment before visiting the studio. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home. visualartsbrampton.com/screening
  • Staff and participants will be monitored for symptoms upon arrival at the studio and during studio activities.
  • Procedures are in place for isolating and removing individuals who are showing symptoms.
  • Sick leave policies are in place for to support staff that feel unwell and are unable to work.
  • Students who are self-isolating at home can attend their class online.

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Vaccinations

  • We require everyone age 13 and over participating in programming at the studio to be fully vaccinated.
  • Proof of vaccination must be provided to the office by emailing a watermarked certificate PDF obtained at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to participated in our online programs.
Hand & Respiratory Hygiene
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizer stations are available at the studio entrance and in each classroom.
  • Participants and staff are required to sanitize their hands before entering and leaving the studio.
  • Proper hand hygiene and washing techniques will be reinforced. Staff and participants will be required to wash their hands frequently.
  • Proper respiratory etiquette such as coughing and sneezing into elbows and avoiding touching of the face will be reinforced.
Masks
  • Per the City of Brampton by-law, all staff and participants must wear a non-medical mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin without gaps at all times while inside the studio.
  • The following are not permitted: Scarves, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, face coverings with valves, mesh or holes of any kind.
  • Participants who are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons are encouraged to register for our online programs.
Practicing Physical Distancing
  • Studio capacity has been reduced to support physical distancing in all classroom spaces.
  • Classroom spaces have been rearranged to ensure participants and staff are seated apart.
  • In-person make-up and trial classes have been suspended.
  • Common areas have been closed where physical distancing may be difficult.
  • Physical distancing guide markers and directional arrows will be used for lining up at the studio entrance.
  • Parents are asked to remain outside when picking up and dropping off their child.
Cleaning Procedures
  • Studio staff will conduct regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Classroom surfaces and touch points will be cleaned and disinfected after each class.
  • Only approved disinfects that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) will be used.
  • Program schedules have been adjusted to allow for more cleaning time between classes.
Programs and Registration
  • Only participants who have registered for a program may enter the studio. Non-registered participants, guests or visitors will not be allowed entry.
  • Advanced online registration and payment is required for all programs. Cash and cheque payments are no longer accepted.
  • Due to reduced studio capacity, drop-in sessions such as Open Studio and Life Drawing will require advanced registration.
"No Sharing" Policy
  • We are enforcing a "no sharing" policy to support reducing virus transmission between students and staff. This policy includes the sharing of art materials and tools.
  • Students enrolled in our Art Exploration, Art Fundamentals, and Art Refined classes will be supplied with a personal set of materials to bring to each class.
  • All other participants will be required to provide their own materials and tools.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. By visiting our studio, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.