The Old Church Theatre has moved quickly to modify and adapt its operations to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, our guiding principle has been to prioritize staff, performers and customer safety, based on facts and science. At the Old Church Theatre, the safety and well-being of our guests, performers, volunteers and staff are of paramount importance. In these uncertain times, we encourage everyone to assess their own risks and make decisions unique to their situation prior to booking a show. If you feel ill or even have mild symptoms, please stay home. We continue to implement COVID-19 workplace screening as per Ontario Regulation 364/20.‣
You must pre-book seats online, thereby creating contact information of at least one member of every party. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.
The Ontario government mandated the use of face coverings in the indoor premises of all businesses/organizations. HPEPH instructs that patrons keep face coverings on until they are seated at a table, and wear face coverings any time they are moving through a shared space.
Staff is required to wear a facial covering while indoors and any area where social distancing is not possible. We remind staff not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth, and to wash their hands, maintain physical distancing and sanitize high touch surfaces frequently.
We have signage to remind people to remain physically distant and follow safe protocols.
The Old Church Theatre requires customers to wear facial coverings while indoors or wherever social distancing is not possible. We are committed to playing a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Hand sanitizer is available for customers in several areas indoors and outdoors at the entrance.
Indoor and outdoor seating will be significantly reduced to accommodate social distanced seating, 6-foot spacing between tables and to prioritize physical distancing. Tables will be sanitized between each event.
As an additional safety measure, ahead of each event, staff is required to complete a wellness check.
We clean surfaces in the venue, including seats and tables, prior to each performance. Regular high touch point cleaning will be ongoing and hand sanitizing bottles have been added throughout the venue. Enhanced cleaning measures: The Old Church Theatre is committed to caring for the health and well-being of all in attendance and playing a constructive role in supporting Canadian local leadership, health authorities and provincial governments. We continue to observe elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols to help prevent the spread of germs with cleaning practices that are consistent with public health guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Debit screen is cleaned after each customer.
If you like, you may order and pay at your table with your smartphone, we can deliver your food and beverages to you.
Ventilation is an important factor in preventing the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading indoors and at the Old Church Theatre we are able to open our windows for fresh air before and after our shows. During, if possible as well. We use a humidifier to help prevent airborne particles along with our air filter.
All audience members will be seated two meters apart from each other unless divided by Lexan barrier indoors. Members of the same household or “bubble” may sit together. Please let us know your intention when you book your seat.
You may bring your refillable water bottle with you but do not bring disposable, single use cups and packages.
We suggest you take your coat to your seat.
Singers will perform behind a plexi-shield indoors. As an added barrier of protection, customers will notice plexi-shields at the bar to provide an additional risk mitigation of airborne droplets being exchanged indoors.
“Together with physical distancing, hand and cough hygiene, and staying home when ill, the use of a non-medical mask or face covering in an enclosed public space is an additional public health measure that may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”