Last updated: March 30, 2023
Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is committed to the safety and well-being of our patrons, staff, volunteers, artists, and community at large. As part of that, we are monitoring advice and complying with regulations set forth by the BC Ministry of Health and WorkSafeBC to ensure that we are in accordance with and follow best practices to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Please note, these policies are subject to change at any time in accordance with regulations set forth by the BC Ministry of Health and WorkSafeBC.
CACV is hosting the 7th Annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) in person in October 2023 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. The following guidelines will be implemented for VOAF and will adhere to the current regulations set forth by the BC Ministry of Health and WorkSafeBC.
If there are any questions regarding our COVID-19 Policy, please contact Kristin Cheung, Executive Director at Kristin@cacv.ca
On April 8, 2022, at 12:01 am, restrictions were lifted:
- Proof of vaccination is no longer required to access businesses, events and services
- Businesses will no longer need a COVID-19 safety plan. They must follow communicable disease guidance from WorkSafeBC
- We are still encouraging festival participants and attendees to wear masks. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the festival.
- Please respect fellow artists/performers and their choice to wear or not wear a mask.
- There are no restrictions on indoor gatherings and we will be hosting VOAF at full capacity.
- Dancing and food and beverages in the exhibition space are allowed.
- Although not mandatory, we are still encouraging folks to wear masks and will have hand sanitizer available at the festival.
- Please respect fellow attendees and their choice to wear or not wear a mask.
- Staff will ensure a COVID-19-safe space for participants and attendees of the festival and will provide masks and sanitizer.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
How safe is the venue? Do I need to book tickets in advance?
VOAF is held at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, a facility operated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Roundhouse Community Arts Recreation Society. The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre has a set of COVID-19 Safety Protocols set in place and can viewed online here. VOAF will have masks and sanitizer available at the festival for all attendees and will recommend that attendees wear masks in the space. VOAF will regularly sanitize surfaces and monitor capacity to ensure the festival is as safe as possible.
VOAF is a public event and free to the public – no registration is required to attend.
Are we required to wear masks at all times?
Starting March 11, 2022, masks are no longer required in public indoor settings under a public health order. However, to ensure the safety of our artists, volunteers, and attendees we do encourage folks to wear masks if they are comfortable to do so.
I tested positive for COVID-19 but still want to attend, can I come to the festival?
Please stay at home and follow the public Health recommendations. Recordings of our performances and artists’ artwork will be available to view on our website and our YouTube channel following the festival, so you can still view the festival from home!
I am a performer/artist and I tested positive for COVID-19 before the festival. What should I do?
Please stay at home and follow the public Health recommendations. Reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to make accommodations so you can still be involved in the festival remotely. There are options for artwork delivery and virtual recordings of performances that we can organize with you.
I went to the festival and tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after. What should I do? Please stay at home and follow the public Health recommendations. Please reach out to our team at email@example.com and let us know what day and time you were at the festival and what spaces at the festival you were in (workshops, performance theatre, exhibition hall) so we can notify other folks that they might be exposed and to recommend that they test and monitor their symptoms. We will keep your information confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of our organization.