Since March, while we pioneered virtual programming, H’art Centre focused on getting ready for our eventual return to on-site programming. In consultation with Kingston’s Public Health inspectors and nurses, we prepared the Centre with enhanced protocols, processes, and tools.
First, we gave the facility a deep cleaning. A big thank you to Alyn Stirk—H’art Centre’s new maintenance person—who has gone over H’art to make sure we are clean from top to bottom! Alyn has been with the Department of National Defence Maintenance Services at CFB Kingston for 20 years and brings his wealth of commercial/industrial cleaning experience to H’art Centre for which we are grateful.
Our exterior entrance at 237 Wellington has been marked off with fluorescent tape for morning drop-offs to ensure distancing as H’art artists arrive. We have placed bright orange physical distancing decals on the floors throughout the Centre as reminders to everyone to stop and look before proceeding down the ramp and into the Studios. We have re-arranged our Studios A and B so that physical distancing can be maintained for our staff and H’art artists. We have also arranged for masks to be provided for all staff, volunteers and H’art artists. We have created mobile hand sanitizing and disinfectant stations that will be in use throughout the day to ensure that all high-touch surfaces are cleaned regularly and that everyone has access to hand sanitizer as well as handwashing stations in the bathrooms.
We are all absolutely committed to providing a clean environment and are following the guidelines laid out by our local public health unit and the Government of Ontario. We have many more new policies and protocols for our daily operations. Please contact us if have any specific questions related to our new policies and procedures.