Keeping Ourselves and Each Other Safe
COVID19 Safety Protocols

Our 10th Anniversary festival was postponed in March amongst the uncertainty of the quickly evolving COVID pandemic.

Today, as Dr. Bonnie Henry guides us in Phase 3 of the BC Restart program and we have more information about the virus, we are moving forward to offer a smaller workshop-only version of the Isle of The Arts Festival.

IoTA Mini is the result of months of careful work to craft a festival that minimizes COVID19 transmission risk while providing an opportunity for our Gabriola community to have a little summer fun and support local artists!

We recognize that as long as COVID19 is in our communities there is risk.

We understand not everyone will feel comfortable joining us this year. We look forward to the day COVID is no longer a risk and we can offer our larger festival with everyone feeling safe to enjoy in-person arts programming again. We are currently working on a plan to offer online arts programming too, so stay tuned!

In accord with the guidance and orders of the Provincial Health Officer we have structured IoTA Mini workshops to reduce transmission risk by:


  • Holding workshops outdoors under tents at the Gabriola Art & Heritage Centre.
  • Limiting the length of workshops to 4 hours or less and scheduling only 1 per day.
  • Limiting the number of registrants for each workshop to 6.
  • Regretfully not offering singing or drama workshops at this time, understanding that spirited vocalization and physical contact may increase transmission risk.
  • Setting up the physical workshop space with chairs and worktables spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Providing access to plenty of hand sanitizer, surface wipes and 2 handwashing sinks.
  • Ensuring all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned between workshops.
  • Encouraging registrants to wear a face mask as needed and providing CapShield plastic face shields to workshop instructors and registrants free of charge.
  • Requesting that anyone who has COVID symptoms, is required to be in quarantine or has been in contact with someone suspected of or diagnosed with COVID not register and/or attend any workshop.
  • Being prepared to cancel all activity immediately if there is an increase in COVID transmission and we are advised to do so.

 COVID Protocol for IoTA Workshop Attendance

Arriving At Your Workshop

When registrants arrive on site they will be asked to sanitize their hands and answer a few screening questions before being admitted to the workshop space.


  1. Do you have any COVID-19 symptoms including a new cough, headache, weakness, fever, difficulty breathing, or other flu or cold-like symptoms?
  2. Have you travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days or are otherwise required to currently be in quarantine?
  3. Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with COVID-19 (probable or confirmed) while they were ill and you did not have appropriate PPE?

During the Workshop

  1. Please do your best to maintain appropriate physical distance from your instructor and other registrants.
  2. Please frequently wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. If you need to cough or sneeze, please use a tissue or the crook of your arm and away from others when possible.
  4. If you have a proximity concern or feel uncomfortable with some aspect of the physical set-up or equipment, please raise your concern with the instructor or on-site volunteer as soon as possible.

Remember Dr. Henry’s advice:  Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe.