COVID-19 and Theatre Events

Update on Malaspina Theatre Upcoming Events, internal and external uses:

As VIU has decided to cancel all internal and external events at all campuses and facilities until May 1, per the March 17 update (https://adm.viu.ca/health-and-safety/daily-update-covid-19-march-17-640-pm), Malaspina Theatre and Mike Taugher Studio are now closed.

When the University reviews this decision on April 15, updates to all theatre facility users will be shared. This decision is based on the Provincial Government’s recommendations to cancel all events with 50 or more people and to ensure we are putting actions in place to support the advice on social distancing.

The Theatre Department continues to reach out to all event coordinators to support re-scheduling requests, and appreciates all the patience that user groups are showing during this challenging and quickly changing situation. 

To minimize the risk of transmission, renters beyond the May 1 closure date have also started to consider cancelling or rescheduling, and we are working to facilitate those shifts in the bookings calendar.

All event organizers should keep communicating their adapted plans with their contact lists and audiences; each user group runs its own marketing and box office, but we will support messaging by sharing revisions to events here.

We know that many people are feeling anxiety and concern around this quickly changing situation, and encourage anyone feeling impacted by this situation to access supports.

Please reach out with questions about the bookings process to eliza.gardiner@viu.ca.

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