During Covid

policy
January 18, 2022

We are booking workshops for up to four people + teacher

A heartfelt thank you for all of you in supporting a micro business in these turbulent times!

On January 3rd, 2022, following good business practices as the Omicron variant continues to spread, Playing with Fire Glassblowing Workshops took a two-week break and rescheduled bookings from between January 3-17. 

Even though we are still in the middle of it, the studio has been getting high points for safety and the workshops can continue. We are returning to our normal max 9 people in the studio only when the situation improves. The two-person Date Night workshop resumes on January 19.

New dates for workshops between February-June will be posted on February 1st, 2022. All workshops are capped with four spots* for the time being and extra spaces are released as soon as guidelines allow.

Please stay tuned and stay safe!

*= Except for the Date Night which is always for two people only

Safety + Vaccine Passports

Studio policy, first and foremost, is to offer safe workshops during COVID and vaccinations are mandatory for participating members of the public. A COVID questionnaire at the building's entrance ensures that self reported status is clear. 

The government has mandated event spaces to require a vaccine passport and we have followed suit as of September 22, 2021. A vaccine passport or proof of vaccination is sufficient – Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the Province of Ontario's vaccination portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. 
Fines to businesses that do not comply can be high and it is not in our budget or interest to make exceptions in this matter. Every precaution is taken at the studio to prevent transmission as the first priority.

Health & Safety in and around The Studio

1.  The building that houses the Glass Studio may be locked during COVID-19. During those times your instructor will meet you at the Christie Street main entrance (Barn 2), on the West side of the Barns. Please be timely and patient, we are never far away. You will be asked to fill a COVID-related questionnaire once you are inside the Barns. Your instructor will let you go home if you should feel unwell, in which case - you can reschedule your workshop FOR FREE. Please email or text Minna at the number in your confirmation email if you know that you feel ill on the day of your workshop.

2. A powerful exhaust fan up on the roof is a standard issue in every glass studio, and has turned out to be a huge asset during Covid. The Studio has a fan installed in one of the skylights and it changes the air in the room every 15 minutes. This puts us ahead of most indoor places as it relates to safety.

3. Please arrive with your own KN95 face mask. Everyone wears masks during workshops, including instructors. You will be given a sanitized face shield to wear at the studio for when you need to lower your mask to blow into the pipe.

4. When blowing glass, we are using single-use, disposable paper straws so that no one is putting their mouth on the same plastic mouth piece.

5. We are actively and carefully using hand sanitizer during workshops – from the moment of entry into the studio, to all the moments when participants are handling glassblowing tools. Hand sanitizer is available in every corner of the studio.

6. Your instructor is vaccinated.

Rescheduling Due To The Lockdown

Please note that NO refunds will be given at this point related to any provincial restrictions affecting the studio operations.
 

Please email minna@playingwithfire.ca with any questions or special concerns, but please be mindful of asking about information that you can find on the website. Responses may be delayed due to the high volume of emails, and your bookings are guaranteed to be rescheduled for a future date when the situation requires.
Thanks for reading.
Looking forward to seeing you at the studio.

Best,
Minna Koistinen

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