Vancouver Art Gallery implements mandatory face mask policy

Jul 30 2020, 6:57 pm

The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) has announced a mandatory policy calling for visitors to use masks or facial coverings.

The measure comes into effect starting Friday, July 31 and is meant to further protect both visitors and staff.

Daina Augaitis, Interim Director, says that health and safety is a top priority for the VAG and that masks are an additional precaution.

“Like physical distancing and frequent handwashing, there is growing evidence that shows that the public use of masks or face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Augaitis says in an emailed statement.

“Since we re-opened we have put procedures in place to ensure we are safe, sanitized and ready to welcome you.”

When the gallery reopened last month, protocols such as capacity restrictions, timed ticket entry, hand sanitization stations, and contact tracing were implemented for visitors.

“The health and safety of Gallery visitors continues to be a top priority for us” Augaitis continues. “The required use of masks will help ensure that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable art experience.”

Visitors that have a “valid medical reason” for not wearing a mask will not be required to wear one, nor will children under the age of five.

Visitors will be asked to provide their own mask or face coverings or can purchase one at admissions, membership, or the store.

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