Update at Nov 23, 2020
Friends, We have taken a decision to postpone programs and food-hosted gatherings for now at Tatamagouche Centre. Dr. Strang’s public health directive is to avoid unnecessary gatherings. PEI is now closed to the Atlantic Bubble. And New Brunswick is reporting increased cases and Orange Zone areas. There are so many immune-compromised loved ones in our circles. We need to put well-being at the Centre of our decisions right now. We are still open to self-hosted/catered gatherings and AirBnB. Stay tuned and stay well!
Open to Small Gatherings and Programs
Tatamagouche Centre is open to small gatherings and programs beginning August 2020. The Centre is still closed to the public. We have established protocols following Nova Scotia Public Health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our staff and all visiting participants and guests.
We extend a warm welcome to everyone in the Atlantic bubble, however, if you live in an area that has recently been put on alert (yellow or orange) we would discourage you to attend. We ask that you do not come to Tatamagouche Centre if you have displayed any symptoms, felt sick, are immune-compromised, or have been outside the Atlantic bubble in the last 14 days.
Here are some comments by different participants who attended recent events:
–I felt very safe with the protocols in place.
-The food was INCREDIBLE and I felt safe the whole time. Thank you.
-Safe, friendly place.
-The facilities are beautiful and well supplied. Meals were good. Covid-19 protocols in place and sanitation and cleaning supplies provided.
Learning Programs and Hosted Events
Physical distancing is required between people in the training and dining room including program leads and facilitators. Safe distances will be marked to ensure 6 feet distance and posters will be available to remind. People are asked to practice social distancing guidelines and to wear a mask or a face shield in indoor public spaces (hallways, classrooms) even while physical distancing. We recognize that these guidelines are more strict than the public health guidelines for everyone’s safety. Masks and shields may be removed to eat. People are asked to bring their own mask or face shield for the safety of others.
Offices are limited to one person so people are asked to not enter offices but are welcome to talk at the doorway.
People are also asked to ensure open windows and doors to increase fresh clean air flow. All materials for a workshop should be digital, as paper hand outs will be discouraged unless specifically requested. Program leads are asked to indicate if there is a need for a printed copy of handouts or manuals for any participants for reasons of accessibility.
Each participant will be given a small package of markers, a disinfectant spray bottle and paper towels to reduce sharing between people. Training in the training room will be limited to 1.5 hours before people are asked to move outside or into other rooms and break into smaller groups.
Traffic patterns with designated entrances, exits and washrooms will be marked clearly for people to see. Washrooms will be cleaned regularly. Staff will sign after these cleanings so guests can be assured.
The Blue room or Chapel will be off limits (due to construction). The bathroom at the end of hallway near the Blue room will be used for staff only.
Lodging and Meals
Tatamagouche Centre has the ability to host and lodge up to 20-30 people overnight and physically distance in their own room with a separate sink and bathroom depending on family and travel bubbles. We have capacity to host between 30-35 in our dining room with safe physical distancing.
Rooms for overnight guests will be assigned before arrival and any program cost due should be paid before the event via credit card or e-transfer to email@example.com. Payment via cheques or cash is discouraged at this time.
Rooms will be given 3 days rest in between programs and hosted events to allow linens to sit a day and to allow 2 days cleaning.
Meals will be provided in the dining room with marked physical distancing. All meals will be served plated, not the usual buffet style to ensure health and safety at this time. As usual, dietary accommodations will be respected.
Guests will be asked to sign a waiver form agreeing to take responsibility for upholding health and safety practices related to COVID-19 and to acknowledge that the risks involved.
When arriving at the Tatamagouche Centre please use the main entrance and follow the traffic patterns on the ground. There are designated pathways, washrooms, entrances and exits.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom. Also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers available in dispensers throughout the Centre.
Information on COVID-19
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, most commonly through respiratory droplets (e.g., generated by a coughing, sneezing, laughing or talking) during close interactions (i.e., within 2 metres). COVID-19 can be spread by infected individuals who have mild symptoms, or who have not yet or who may never develop symptoms.
COVID-19 can also be spread through touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Generally, COVID-19 is spread from a concentration of people in an enclosed area over a prolonged period.
If you have any one of the COVID-19 symptoms, or any other symptoms that concern you, call 811 for assessment by a nurse and notify one of Tatamagouche Centre’s staff immediately. If you are staying overnight we will take steps to isolate you.
If you have any further questions related to our COVID-19 protocols, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org