COVID-19 UPDATES

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Updated July 21, 2021

MEMBER ACCESS TO WORKMAN ARTS

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, physical access to Workman Arts for members is offered on a limited basis, and must be pre-booked (see details below). There are no classes during the summer, but we anticipate that classes in the fall will be offered in a hybrid manner, with a combination of limited in-person classes mixed with remote delivery. We will update members on developments for the fall as soon as we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@workmanarts.com or by phone at 416-583-4339.

Process for Member Access:

  • Members sign up at least 24 hours in advance via Google calendar.
  • Calendar goes live on Wednesday for the following week.
  • All members must enter through CAMH screening station on Workman Way (see map below).*
  • Members must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Members must maintain physical distance while in the building.
  • Members must wear a mask in all shared spaces. Masks will be available at the entrance. WA also has masks, gloves and hand sanitizer on site.
  • Workman Arts is a fragrance-free facility; please do not use any products containing fragrances prior to coming to WA. Please click here for more information on these policies.
  • CAMH is a non-smoking facility; please smoke only in designated areas (Paul E. Garfinkel Park, southwest corner of Queen St W & White Squirrel Way – see map below).
  • One staff member on duty will work in the main WA reception area (Suite 2400, 2nd floor). When WA members enter the office they will read the site protocols and sign in to confirm presence. Staff will keep track of who is in the building.
  • Members must sanitize work station/studio space before and after they are done.
  • Members cannot borrow devices that are in close contact with the face (cameras, headphones, iPhone).
  • No overnight borrowing of books or other material.
  • No food or drink in Workman Arts spaces.
  • Members must bring their own drinking water; only disposable cups are allowed for sinks. (There are benches in the Auditorium lobby on the same floor where you can eat; a small shared fridge and sink are available in the classroom).
  • No donations of items or temporary storage of personal items allowed.
  • Members must inform Workman Arts if they become symptomatic after visiting the building so the appropriate staff/members can be notified and begin self-isolation.

Spaces Available for Member Use and Capacities

  • Classroom – max 10 people
  • Media Lab – max 2 people
  • Recording Studio – max 1 person
  • Visual Arts Studio – max 2 people
A map of the CAMH campus, where Workman Arts is located.

Workman Arts is located in suite 2400 on the second floor of the McCain Complex Care & Recovery Building, located at 1025 Queen Street West, on the southeast corner of Queen and lower Ossington. Please enter the building using the entrance at 80 Workman Way for COVID-19 screening.

*The screeners at CAMH will ask you common COVID symptom questions like if you have or have had a fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, etc. They will ask if you have been in contact with anyone who has been asked to self isolate or a confirmed case. They will then ask you to sanitize your hands and change your mask with a new mask that will be provided. You will receive a wrist band that is good for the day so you will only need to do the screening once per day in case you leave to get coffee/fresh air, etc.

Please note that our offices and facilities remain closed to the public until further notice.  Staff are working a combination of in-office and remotely. Email remains the quickest way to get in touch during business hours. For a list of staff contacts, click here. We will post updates on social media and on our website as they become available.

You can continue to view and purchase artwork by clicking here and we will contact you to make arrangements for curbside pick up or delivery.

We will continue to monitor the situation and Toronto Public Health (TPH) recommendations and will keep community members updated regarding any developments. If anything changes, we will let everyone know as soon as possible.

We also encourage everyone to look after their mental health in these uncertain times.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these issues in a rapidly changing environment. Overall, we hope to keep our community members healthy and we thank you all for your part in helping to do so! Take care of yourselves and each other.

Best wishes,

Kelly Straughan
Executive Artistic Director
Workman Arts

Mental Health Support
If you are in distress, please contact Distress Centre by phone 24/7 at 408-HELP (4357) or 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645.

For more information about COVID-19:
For medical advice, contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health Hotline
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed on statutory holidays)
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Translation is available in many languages.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658
Email: PublicHealth@toronto.ca