VWF Covid Protocols
Updated September 8, 2023
The Vancouver Writers Fest recognizes that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a concern for many of our most vulnerable authors and audiences. Beyond the Covid-19 virus itself (which continues to evolve) the pandemic has brought the importance of collective and mutual care around health and wellbeing to the forefront.
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.
We also recognize that no one policy or practice will make everyone happy, and people will have to make their own decisions around their personal priorities. We ask that participants be respectful of each others’ choices.
Masks are encouraged, as our events are inside in close quarters. At some events, masks will be required at the request of visiting authors with immunity concerns. Online event descriptions will note if masks are required at an event. Masks may also be required in signing lines. We thank you for your support keeping our authors healthy!
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
The Covid-19 virus continues to evolve, thus we ask that you do not come to any in-person events if you have tested positive for Covid, or exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- New muscle aches or headache
- Sore throat
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.