I am writing this post as our province is poised to move into Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan tomorrow, July 1, and as we prepare for our opening event on Sunday, July 4. Although Dr. Henry has loosened restrictions on both mask-wearing and the number of people we are allowed to have in the Pavilion, we are going to stay the course for the first three events (taking place July 4, 11 and 18). We will then assess how we’ve done and determine our next steps.
It would be challenging to shift gears four days before our first event. We are also taking into consideration that people have purchased tickets and authors have accepted our invitation to appear in person based on sharing the space in our open-air Pavilion with 49 people. For many, this will be the first public gathering since the spring of 2020 and we respect that everyone has a different level of comfort.
If you are coming to any of the first three events, please be prepared to maintain physical distance and to wear a mask when in line-ups (for entry to the Pavilion, washrooms, and book sales and signing) and until seated in the Pavilion. We will try our best to open the gate at 1:30 p.m., ½ hour before the event start time, to get you out of the heat!
A reminder that all events are being recorded by a professional videographer and will be posted online (with close captioning) for the last two weeks of August. A pass for all 12 events will be available for $30 at the beginning of August.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. I look forward to seeing some of you at the Festival!
Artistic and Executive Director
PS: Two spots have become available for The Measure: A Workshop on Writing Grief with Aislinn Hunter on Sunday morning, July 11. Details are here. Please contact me by telephone (604-885-9631) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.