Dear Friends and Patrons of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival:We understand the concern for how COVID-19 might impact your Collingwood Summer Music Festival experience this summer. With the recently announced “Roadmap to Reopen” plan released by the Government of Ontario, we are pleased to let you know that drive-in events are permitted at “Step 1”, which will go into effect as early as June 14 and well before our inaugural concert date of July 10.

As a result of this, the festival will continue its scheduled activities as planned. Please continue reading further, for a list of measures we are taking to ensure your safety this summer.

COVID-19

Dear Friends and Patrons of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival:

We understand the concern for how COVID-19 might impact your Collingwood Summer Music Festival experience scheduled for July 10-16, 2021. With the recently announced “Roadmap to Reopen” plan released by the Government of Ontario, we are pleased to know that drive-in events are permitted at Step 1, which will be in effect as early as June 14 and well before our inaugural concert date of July 10.

As a result of this, the festival can continue its list of scheduled events as planned. Please continue reading further, for other measures we are taking to ensure your safety this summer.

COVID-19

Maintaining the health of our community is an absolute top priority. We are actively monitoring and complying with all reports released by public health authorities in Canada as well as experts in epidemiology and virology. All board meetings continue to take place virtually and our entire staff and team of dedicated volunteers are working from home.

Here are some of the precautions we are taking during our festival week to ensure the safety of our staff and artists:

  • a) All cast, crew and performers must complete an online COVID-19 screening app on the same day they are working and have a green pass to enter. Anyone not able to pass or deemed as essential, as per the Section 21 Film & Television guidelines, cannot enter the New Life church film set. We will also conduct contact tracing if necessary.
  • b) Use hand-held thermometers to check everyone’s forehead temperature upon entrance into the New Life Church building.
  • c) Post informative flyers about Covid-19 in conspicuous locations throughout the New Life Church building (provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health).
  • d) Position several bottles of hand sanitizer, available for use at all times during the course of the festival.
  • e) Provide detailed instructions to our staff, who will ensure that all indoor and outdoor festival participants maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between themselves (with exceptions provided for couples and families) and that everyone wears a face mask (with exceptions for patrons remaining inside their own vehicles).

At the drive-in events, we are taking the following additional precautions:

  • a) Our parking attendants ensure that cars are spaced 2 metres apart from one another.
  • b) Outdoor porta potties are supervised and cleaned with bleach every 30 minutes. Washroom doors are propped open so staff and customers don’t touch them. All staff wear latex gloves and change them frequently.
  • c) Encourage contactless payments at the concession stands.
  • d) Discourage outdoor gatherings of any kind by removing any picnic tables and chairs from the premises. Washroom and concession stand line-ups are limited to three people at a time.

To learn more about the 2021 summer season, please also visit our frequently asked question pages:

This has been a particularly challenging time for arts organizations across the world. As a charitable organization, our income derives from ticket sales and the gracious support of our donors and sponsors.If you are able to make a donation, it will ensure that we have all the necessary resources available to fully execute our artistic vision for this summer.

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