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COVID-19 UPDATES / HEALTH & SAFETY
The health and well-being of our audiences, artists, volunteers and employees is of the utmost importance to us. The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) indoor facilities remain closed to the public.

FirstOntario PAC Safely Lives Here COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan – Outdoor Public Events (pdf link)

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The PAC team has taken great care to create Safety Lives Here , our COVID-19 health and safety plan protecting staff, artists and the public while on our property. This plan, developed in consultation with the Niagara Public Health Authority and the City of St. Catharines, is an ever evolving set of policies and procedures that responds to changes within local and provincial jurisdictions.

PUBLIC SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS AT THE PAC
  • Physical distancing will apply.
  • As per provincial guidelines, only 100 people will be permitted to attend the event
  • Niagara Public Health and Emergency Response Screening Questions will be asked and contact tracing information will be collected before entry is permitted into the activation space.
  • Masks are mandatory in all outdoor activation spaces but may be removed while in physically distanced pods.
  • Physical distanced pods will be clearly marked in the activation space.
  • Maximum capacity of pods is 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Capacity of the activation space is 100 people. Once we reach capacity, we will not be allowing any more people in.
  • Concessions will not be available onsite. We encourage support of local restaurants and welcome take-out into our backyard space.
  • We will have heightened disinfecting protocols of high touch surfaces.
  • Sanitizer stations will be at the entrance/exit for public use.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
  • The FirstOntario PAC is located at 250 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario. 
  • All events are free to the public. 
  • The activation space will open 30 minutes prior to listed start times. 
  • The public is encouraged to bring both lawn chairs and blankets for seating, as most pods are on the grassy hill. 
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages from local restaurants and can consume while in pods. 
  • No alcohol permitted. 
  • Accessible ramp access to the Mann Raceway Plaza is located at the corner of Carlisle and Race Streets. 

PAC Yard Safety Sign 2 PAC Yard Safety Sign 1

The Box Office will only be available via email at boxoffice@firstontariopac.ca . The Box Office phone number (905-688-0722) will go straight to voicemail. Phone messages will be responded to within 5-7 business days. Please provide your name, a call-back number and the name of the show that has been cancelled or postponed.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Executive Director, Colleen A. Smith was invited to address the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on 30 June 2020, as part of their public committee hearings to speak to the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts, cultural and heritage sector and recommendations for the future. We encourage you to read her deputation (link) to find out more about our industry’s situation and how your collective voices will help advocate for the arts.

The PAC will continue to live streams from Partridge Hall stage as part of the ongoing #NiagaraPerforms online concert + event series featuring local musicians and arts organizations.

CLICK HERE FOR THE #NIAGARAPERFORMS FREE ONLINE CONCERT AND EVENT LINEUP


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For the most up to date information and more on the City of St. Catharines’ efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, please refer visit www.stcatharines.ca/COVID19 . For more information on COVID-19 visit www.niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19 .

 

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