VWF Covid Protocols
Updated September 20, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Protocols
Community safety remains our top priority. We have formed our policies using the guidance and recommendations of the most current information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, HealthLink BC, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
This information will be continuously updated with any new information or guidelines. You can read our full Communicable Diseases Plan here.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
We ask that you do not come to any in-person events if you:
—Have any of the following symptoms:
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- New muscle aches or headache
- Sore throat
—Have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
—Are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
We recommend all ticket holders take the BC COVID-19 Self-Check prior to arrival to ensure that they are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. This self-check will also be posted at all venues.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
Please help us maintain a safe festival experience by planning ahead, being patient, and remaining flexible and compassionate!
We ask that you:
- Bring official proof of vaccination (BC Vaccination passport) and a form of ID.
- Arrive early: check-in will be a slower process with vaccine verification added. The earlier we can start the better chance we have of getting the event started on time.
- Wear a Mask: We require you to wear a mask inside all venues. If you forgot yours, we’ll have them at the door (and available for purchase at the Festival Bookstore!)
- Maintain Social Distance: Please give people space while waiting in line, in the lobby, and for book signings.
- Stay Sanitized: We will have sanitation stations at all entrances and at various places inside the venues—please use upon entry and as often as you want!
Check-In: Audience members will be checked in by a Writers Fest team member. We’ll ask for proof of vaccine and ID. You can help us by having both ready while waiting in line outside the venue—we’ll do our best to verify vaccine status while you’re waiting for the doors to open, and will stamp your hand once we do so.
Once inside the venue, your ticket (print or mobile version) will be scanned for touchless ticketing.
Once inside the theatre, you can expect the venue to be at 50% capacity, per BC Health guidelines. Yes, that’s what a sold-out event means these days! Please pay attention to and respect any seat-spacing signage, or in the absence of signage, please leave a seat between you and the next person who isn’t in your party.
All venues are cleaned and sanitized in between events.
You can read our full Safety Plan here.
We require the cooperation of all Festival patrons, staff, volunteers, and artists to ensure a safe theatre experience for everyone. Our team reserves the right to remove any individual found to be non-compliant with our Health and Safety policies and procedures. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.