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 for walk-in visits to view exhibitions in the art gallery.
  • Proof of vaccination is required for BAC events. All participants over the age of 18 must provide a piece of government photo ID and proof of full vaccination having received both doses of an approved vaccine). Information regarding youths can be found below.

    For Youths aged 12 to 18 years old

    • Youth aged 12 to 18 can carry their own BC Vaccine Card, or have a trusted adult carry it for them. Youth are not required to show valid government photo ID.
    • 12 year olds only need to show proof of 1 dose of vaccine
    • 13 to 18 year olds need to show proof of 2 doses of vaccine

    Proof of vaccination will be required until Friday, April 8, 2022 unless the PHO is extended beyond this date.

  • Masks are no longer required to visit the gallery, but we highly encourage all visitors to wear one. If you do not have one, a mask can be provided.
  • Masks will still be mandatory for all staff and volunteers while indoors. 
  • Masks are still mandatory for live attendance to BAC events
  • 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: 3/11/2021

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