COVID-19 OPERATING POLICY

This policy is subject to change as regulations around COVID-19 are updated

As part of our mandate to provide a safe and inclusive space, TAP will be operating under the following procedures for on-site activities to mitigate the challenges of the global pandemic. Our policy is guided by information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Middlesex London Health Unit, and to comply with the government requirements for organizations in our sector. TAP’s COVID-19 operating policy and protocols are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, attending in-person events could increase your risk of contraction, as such visitors voluntarily assume all risks and agree that they will not hold TAP liable for any illness that may result.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Beginning September 22, 2021 we will require proof of vaccination for all staff, instructors and resident artists entering our facility. All volunteers and visitors, including performers and students, participating in any activities in our building will also be required to be fully vaccinated. All individuals will be asked to show proof of vaccination along with photo identification. 

HOW TO PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION

Visitors entering the gallery, theatre, workshop spaces, studios or any other common space will be asked for proof of vaccination. This proof along with valid photo identification is required to enter the building and participate in all activities. For visitors under 12 years of age, photo identification such as a student card and proof of birth date such as a health card must be provided to confirm age exemption from the vaccine requirement. Any visitor not able to provide proof and photo identification will not be permitted to enter. If payment was received for participation in a program, this fee will be refunded. Visitors to TAP assume all risks and agree that they will not hold TAP liable for any COVID illness that may result.

Staff, instructors, residents and volunteers are asked to complete this online form and upload your second dose vaccination receipt which can be downloaded at covid19.ontariohealth.ca. This form will also include a declaration that you will obtain any booster recommendations from the Health Unit. All vaccination information will be held in confidence.  We ask that you not enter the building until your online information is processed and a confirmation notice is received.

EXEMPTIONS

Valid exemptions to our policy will include the following: 

1. Written proof of a medical reason, provided by a physician or nurse practitioner that sets out: (i) a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and (ii) the effective time period for the medical reason; OR

2. Those with Ontario Human Rights Code exemption:

 

We ask that individuals with either of these exemptions contact staff in advance of your visit. Your request will be reviewed and we ask that you do not arrive for entry to the building until we have cleared your request. Valid photo identification will be required upon entry of the building. We require that all individuals entering our facility help maintain a safe environment by following the mandated measures of masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. This is especially critical to keep those who are more vulnerable in our community healthy.
 

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS WHILE AT TAP

All individuals regardless of their vaccine status -fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to follow the mandatory Health & Safety Protocols at ALL times while at TAP:

 

  • CHECK IN: All visitors and event attendees will be required to check in on arrival at the front desk. This is mandatory for contact tracing. Visitors will be required to provide contact email or phone number along with vaccination proof and photo identification.

  • SELF-SCREENING: All individuals including fully vaccinated visitors will be required to complete the Government of Ontario’s self-assessment screening for COVID-19  before arriving at TAP. If you feel unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms, please stay at home. If you are awaiting Covid-19 test results, please do not visit TAP until you have received a negative test result. 

  • MASK: The local and provincial masking mandate is still in effect in commercial buildings, workplaces and community event space settings. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the building without a well-fitted and well-constructed face mask that covers their mouth, nose and chin. Properly wearing a mask is required at all times during your visit with exceptions noted below for those who are VACCINATED:

    • In a private office or private studio space when you are alone

    • While eating or drinking which will require that physical distancing be maintained during this activity

  • HAND HYGENE: Individuals are required to keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or sanitize using the alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided. Washing with soap and water regularly is recommended if you are staying for a length of time or engaging in hands-on activities

  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Individuals will be required to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) during activities at TAP. All seating and activity stations will be installed to help meet these restrictions.
     

Please note that these policies and protocols may change at any time to meet government mandates and public health guidelines. In addition attendance numbers for activities will be limited to meet restriction guidelines. We thank you for helping us provide a safe space for creativity.