HEALTH and SAFETY

TD Niagara Jazz Festival  and COVID-19

This page will be updated frequently during the COVID-19 crisis.

Bringing the community together is what we do, but with the COVID-19 outbreak, we need to take precautions.  Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us as is the health and safety of our artists, staff and volunteers.

The festival will be proceeding with caution during these challenging times.

PLEASE NOTE:

All members of our audience, staff, crew, volunteers, team and musicians are required to have double-vaccination at all of our in person events.

Please view our full Vaccine Policy below.

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VACCINE POLICY
Updated Jan 29, 2022

PURPOSE

This Policy has been developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its objective is to maintain the health and safety of Niagara Jazz Festival stakeholders who conduct the work of the organization at any Festival Location (as defined below).  

The purpose of this policy is to inform all Board members, employees, third party contractors and service providers (e.g., musicians and caterers), volunteers, and visitors (e.g., patrons) of the Niagara Jazz Festival (collectively referred to as “Covered Individuals”) who qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations (i.e., those currently over the age of 12) of how The Niagara Jazz Festival is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for the COVID-19 vaccination in the Niagara Jazz Festival’s Workplace prior to entry into it, and consequences of not being vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The best available medical evidence demonstrates that full vaccination against COVID-19 greatly minimizes the risks of contracting COVID-19 and reduces the spread and severity of the virus within the community. It is a strong recommendation of all federal, provincial and municipal health authorities that everyone who is able to get vaccinated do so as soon as possible. The Niagara Jazz Festival is committed to taking every reasonable precaution for the protection of the and other stakeholders from the hazard of COVID-19, including but not limited to as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) and all applicable public health and safety, human rights, privacy, and other laws, their standards, regulations, and/or guidelines in the development and implementation of this policy.

POLICY

This Policy mandates that all Covered Individuals who participate in person with the Niagara Jazz Festival for any sanctioned organizational activity must provide proof of being Fully Vaccinated (as defined below) effective September 30th, 2021 in accordance with related Provincial legislative requirements and/or as recommended by the Province of Ontario and its Chief Medical Officer of Health.  

SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all Covered Individuals and any others who this policy is deemed applicable to at the discretion of the Executive Director and/or Board of Directors.

DEFINITIONS

Workplace” includes, but is not restricted to, all land and property, owned, leased, operated, used, or otherwise controlled by the Niagara Jazz Festival for the purpose of conducting organizational business. It also applies to social or other gatherings supported or attended by the Niagara Jazz Festival that any of the Covered Individuals attend at in person.  It does not include an individual’s own home and/or any virtual attendance.