The following page outlines the current measures that we are taking at the Burnaby Arts Council to reduce and prevent the spread of communicable diseases, in particular the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. The guidelines below include guidance on visiting the gallery, events & workshops, and workplace safety. You can find more information on the provincial health guidelines on the Province of B.C. website.

Policies and Guidelines

*We will be updating these guidelines as Provincial Health & Safety recommendations evolve under the rapidly changing circumstances.

Visiting the Gallery

  • We do not check for proof of vaccination in order to enter the art gallery.
  • Proof of vaccination is only required for events at the gallery. All participants must be fully vaccinated (having received both doses of an approved vaccine)
  • Masks are required for all gallery visitors. If you do not have one, a mask can be provided.
  • Please do not come to the gallery if you are feeling sick. Visitors and volunteers who are showing symptoms of any communicable disease including COVID-19 must remain home and seek the medical advice of their physician.
  • Please be mindful of keeping a 2 meter distance from other visitors and volunteers.
  • Washroom facilities with running water, soap and hand sanitation supplies are available to the public (in accordance with the most recent Provincial Health Order – Gathering and Events) , which will be sanitized after each day.
  • Kitchen and office access are prohibited to the public.

Events are defined as:

    • Concerts, theatre, dance and symphony performances
    • Sports events and movies
    • Lectures, presentations and workshops
    • Sponsored and ticketed events

Gatherings are defined as

  • Sponsored or ticketed parties (where movement is open and unrestricted), celebrations
  • Wedding and funeral receptions
  • BAC-hosted events will take place with a limited capacity with a digital component.
  • Member-hosted small events will require a representative to submit an outline of the safety measures they will take to maintain a safe environment.
  • Private gatherings (i.e. member group bookings for parties or receptions) are prohibited at the Deer Lake Art Gallery at the moment in time.
  • Outdoor events (e.g. Live at the Gallery) will allow audience members in the backyard, with physically distanced seating and an event manager to oversee and remind visitors of safety measures.

Interactive artwork guidelines

Occasionally, artworks on display will include viewer interactions. Proper signage will be posted by the art with specific guidelines for safe interactions.

In order to ensure your own safety, the safety of our staff and the safety of our other guests please:

  • Use the provided hand sanitizer prior to touching the artwork, as well as again afterwards.

This piece will also be sanitized by gallery staff after every interaction to slow the spread of germs.

Member-hosted Events/Gatherings

  • If you are a BAC member or group, please e-mail us at regarding member-related gatherings and events at the Deer Lake Art Gallery. We’re happy to work with you to coordinate safe activities in our space!

*These guidelines are subject to change in light of changing circumstances and recommendations from provincial health authorities.

Last updated: 1/18/2021

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