The Vancouver Fringe Festival Theatre Society is excited to be able to go forward with the 2020 Fringe!

We take our responsibility to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 very seriously and are following all recommended precautions published by the Public Health Agency of Canada, HealthLink BC, and theBC Centre for Disease Control, including those set out in the Order of the Provincial Health Officer: Gatherings and Events (see the Order here).  

What does this mean for you, our patrons? 

Bring a mask. We require you to wear a mask at all times while you’re moving around the venue. Once you’re at your seat, you can kick back, relax, order a drink, and take your mask off. Single-use masks will be available for purchase at each venue.

If you are sick, stay home. We appreciate your passion and support for the Fringe, but if you are ill, the best way to show your support is to isolate yourself and keep your community safe. 

We ask that you do not come to any in-person Fringe events if you:

Have any of the following symptoms:
-New or worsening cough
-Shortness of breath
-New muscle aches or headache
-Sore throat
Have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days
Are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

We recommend all ticketholders take the BC COVID-19 Self-Check prior to arrival to ensure that they are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

Be prepared to provide your name and contact information. The Order requires us to provide the name and contact information for every patron to the venue so that if they discover a case of COVID-19, they can trace the source and advise those who may have been exposed. To reduce waiting time at the door we will deliver this form by email prior to your performance.  

Be prepared to sign a legal document assuming the risk of contracting COVID-19 and releasing the Fringe from liability. The Fringe will do everything it can to ensure that your risk is minimized, but it cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19. Every adult attending an in-person event will be required to sign a waiver of liability acknowledging that they understand that risk, and every minor will be required to have a release signed by their parent or guardian. To reduce waiting time at the door we will deliver this form by email prior to your performance.  

You will not be required to bring a paper ticket. Patrons do not require a physical ticket or membership for entry. Each group will be checked-in by a Fringe team member electronically.

Please help us maintain a safe theatre experience by purchasing online. If you are buying tickets at the door, please consider a contactless method of payment.  

Please be patient and expect some delays. For your protection, and to comply with the Order, we must control access to the venues, sanitize the venue between shows, collect information and limit the number of people circulating at any time to maintain social distancing. This is new for all of us, and there are bound to be hiccups along the way. Please give yourself time to go through these procedures and be patient with our volunteers as they work to keep us all safe. 

You will be required to comply with our COVID-19 Safety Plan. We require the cooperation of all Festival patrons, staff, volunteers, and artists to ensure a safe theatre experience for everyone. Our team reserves the right to remove any individual found to be non-compliant with our Health and Safety policies and procedures.

For more information, view the Fringe Safety Guidelines in Response to COVID-19 here.

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