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Neilson Park Creative Centre Update

 

We are happy to inform you that all of our exciting programs can now be found online! Click here for info on our fall classes, workshops, and open studios.

We're happy to announce that on November 6, our Winter 2021 Program Guide will be released with classes, workshops, open studios and free activities all available virtually. 

We are currently busy preparing March Break camps for youth and anticipate a week of in-house creative fun for kids ages 5-12. Check out our Winter 2021 Program Guide for camp listings!

NPCC has temporarily closed its building in response to the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Government of Ontario, which took effect on Saturday, October 10. We will remain closed at minimum for the 28-day period outlined in the new restrictions and will reopen based on guidance from the government.

 

Covid-19 Health and Safety Measures

Safety

  • So that we may resume our art classes and workshops for adults and children, NPCC has calculated the maximum occupancy of each working studio, allowing for at least 2 square metres per visitor. Each individual area is clearly marked. (The term “visitor” includes everyone that enters the Centre, such as staff, students and special guests.)
  • Visitor flow will be managed by creating one-way aisles and floor markings.
  • A staff member will be positioned at the front entrance to monitor maximum capacity. Excluded from maximum occupancy requirements are staff, including teachers and facilitators.
  • Casual gallery viewers are permitted entrance if maximum capacity has not been reached.
  • Masks are mandatory for visitors 2 years of age and older. Exempt are those individuals that are unable to wear masks due to health issues.
  • Visitors will not enter the Centre if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold. Visitors are asked to self-screen as per signage at front entrance. Symptoms to look for include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
  • NPCC will keep daily records of visitors entering the building. All visitors are urged to sign in and out during each visit.
  • Any program connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will be required to close for a minimum of 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then adhere to recommendations from City of Toronto Public Health.

Illness

  • Visitors that are sick must stay at home.
    • Visitors who have travelled anywhere outside of Canada must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days after returning to Canada.
    • If a visitor develops illness while at the Centre, they will immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify a staff member and go home.
      • Staff will wash their hands before donning a mask and before and after removing the mask (as per mask guidance), and before and after touching any items used by the visitor that has developed illness.
      • All items used by the visitor that has developed illness will be cleaned and disinfected.
      • If a covid-19 case is suspected, everyone on the sign-in list will be contacted from the date of the suspected illness and onward. The local public health unit will be contacted to notify them of a potential case and advice will be sought regarding the information that will be shared with the public. 

Cleaning

  • The Centre will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer (70-90% alcohol concentration) in dispensers near entrances, service counters and other common areas for customer and staff use.
  • The Centre will engage in frequent cleaning and disinfecting each day.
  • We ask that visitors do not share materials. Use of common equipment such as sewing machines and printing press must be disinfected between uses.

Additional Measures

  • Signs are posted at entrances instructing visitors not to enter or visit if they are sick, to wear a mask, and to advise of maximum capacity. Additional signage in washrooms remind visitors to conduct proper hand hygiene.
  • Only two visitors are allowed in a washroom at the same time and are asked to disinfect with provided cleaner after usage.
  • Only one visitor at a time is allowed in the kitchen.

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