We trust, first of all, that everyone is managing during these challenging times. With so many changes to all of our routines and a lengthy period of isolation, we have been very pleased to be able to finally welcome back some members to theSpace. Those who have returned to workshops, have been very patient and understanding with our staggered returns, and done a wonderful job following the new guidelines!
The previous guidelines first outlined in June will remain in place with the exception being that each workshop will now consist of a maximum of four members.
Restrictions on public transit use will remain in place for the time-being. We apologize for this inconvenience to members and their families, but we feel that this is an important safety measure.
We want to be a flexible as possible when hosting members but may continue to adjust and make changes to schedules in order to allow as many members to safely and effectively use theSpace, as is suitable. We once again appreciate everyone’s understanding as we coordinate each member’s unique circumstances and transportation needs.
We would like to ask all members to bring their lunch with them, in order to reduce the risk through travel to other larger off-site locations. We have strongly suggested to members that they limit their break visits to the convenience store, next door or immediately nearby to theSpace, as well as to the Dairy Queen, which has an outdoor walk-through.
Snacks and refreshments will continue to be included at theSpace, as well as single use utensils, plates, cups etc.
The warm weather has allowed us to have consistent air flow throughout theSpace. As we enter the fall and winter months, we have invested in air purifiers to insure air flow is consistent and not stagnant. This extra precautionary measure will enhance our existing physical distancing, hand washing, frequent disinfecting, and face covering protocols.
Have a safe Fall!
June 8th , 2020 Update
We wanted to let you know that theSpace will slowly resume some in-person workshops as of Wednesday June 17th.
We have been very eager to welcome back members to our workshops, and, like so many organizations, have been evaluating and doing our best to understand and address the risks involved with COVID-19.
After much consultation and planning we are now ready to do so---although in stages only, and very gradually. We will be reaching out to everyone at some point, and welcome your patience as we plan and monitor and observe any changes or directions from Ottawa Public Health.
Thanks also to everyone for providing feedback and ideas as we work through all!
Please also find attached our new Guideline List, which will serve to describe our reopening.
The studio has been set up to enhance physical distancing and we have acquired cleaning supplies as well as reusable masks and are just awaiting more face shields. Members are also strongly encouraged to bring and wear their own masks, where possible, while travelling to theSpace and attending workshops.
We have also adjusted our scheduled workshop days and hours. Workshops will take place from 10:00am – 3:00p.m., for the time being, on the days where members have been pre-scheduled to attend. We will eventually be in contact with each member and/or their supports to arrange weekly workshop dates.
Any changes or revisions to our guidelines will be preceded by a notice to members and their supports to insure everyone is aware.
We certainly hope to gradually increase workshop sizes and become more flexible as the situation in Ottawa improves and all parties feel comfortable and safe doing so. Again, we thank everyone for their continued patience as we limit the number of participants attending, to ensure safety, and at least initially.
Please do reach out if you have any concerns or questions.
Finally, our team at theSpace would like to thank you for all the support we have received over the last few months. We are so very fortunate to be apart of a community which values and understands the importance of a creative community hub like theSpace.