During Covid

policy
October 25, 2022

We are booking workshops for up to nine people + teacher

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

Following good business practices as the Omicron variant continues to spread, Playing with Fire Glassblowing Workshops is mandating face masks for hot sculpting workshops and face shields for glassblowing workshops.

Even though we are still in the middle of it, the studio has been getting high points for safety and the workshops will continue. Please read below what we are doing so that all of us can enjoy making beautiful works of art.

Please stay tuned and stay safe!

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. Checking for vaccine records is removed for the time being. A COVID questionnaire may be reintroduced in the upcoming months at the building's entrance to ensure that self reported status is clear. 

The government mandated event spaces to require a vaccine passport and we followed suit as of September 22, 2021. As we all know, this mandate was cancelled but since our business depends on us being there for you, we are keeping a close eye on how things develop this Fall.

If necessary, 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.
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 may 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 times when participants are handling glassblowing tools. Hand sanitizer is available in every corner of the studio.

6. Your instructors are 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. NO refunds or reschedules can be arranged for missed workshops without prior notice (please see FAQs for refund/rescheduling policy) so please make sure you write down the correct date and time of your workshop.
 

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 if the situation requires.
Thanks for reading.
Looking forward to seeing you at the studio.

Best,
Minna Koistinen

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