In Person Programs during COVID-19

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In response to the ongoing risks presented by COVID19, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for the duration of your program. Banff Centre has implemented an extensive set of measures adhering to current Alberta Health Service guidance and practices, and all Provincial and Federal orders currently in place. 

COVID19 has proven to be an evolving and changing circumstance.  We are constantly monitoring, reviewing and evaluating our operating procedures in relation to updated policies, standards and measures and will adjust and adapt our practices as needed and required.

We are fully committed to the doing all we can to ensure the safety of our staff, participants, faculty and visitors to the campus.  Please check this page regularly for updates.

 

For all other questions or enquiries, please contact admissions@banffcentre.ca.

Who Can Apply?

International Applicants

As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to on-campus programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada. International Participants are welcome to apply for any of our online programming. Please see individual program pages for further eligibility requirements. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again.

Out-of-Province Applicants

Those residing outside of Alberta can apply for In-Person programs. Note that if inter-provincial quarantine is required, this will be at the expense of the participant. Please click here for up to date travel restriction measures.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy for In Person Programs

If Banff Centre cancels the program due to COVID-19 regulations

In the event that Banff Centre cancels the program due to COVID-19 regulations from Advanced Education, Provincial or Federal Government all fees paid including application/registration fee will be refunded. Banff Centre is not responsible for any additional or travel costs incurred we recommend that you ensure you have private insurance to cover these.

This cancellation Policy is in effect until March 31st 2021 for on campus programming.

If you can't attend your program because of local/provincial travel restrictions

If you have local/provincial or restrictions imposed by your country of origin that prevent attendance on the program Banff Centre will refund all fees paid with the exception of the application/registration fee on receipt of proof of the restriction.

This cancellation Policy is in effect until March 31st 2021 for on campus programming. Banff Centre is not responsible for any additional or travel costs incurred we recommend that you ensure you have private insurance to cover these.

If you are prevented from travelling / attending due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or a quarantine order

If you are prevented from travelling / attending due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or a quarantine order, Banff Centre will refund all fees paid with the exception of the application/registration fee on receipt of proof of the diagnosis/mandatory quarantine.

This cancellation Policy is in effect until March 31st 2021 for on campus programming. Banff Centre is not responsible for any additional or travel costs incurred we recommend that you ensure you have private insurance to cover these.

If you chose to cancel after confirming attendance

If you chose to cancel after confirming attendance then the following policy will apply:

  • If more than 7 days all fees paid less the application/registration fee 
  • If less than 7 days all fees paid less the $250 confirmation fee and application/registration fee.

 

This cancellation Policy is in effect until March 31st 2021 for on campus programming. Banff Centre is not responsible for any additional or travel costs incurred we recommend that you ensure you have private insurance to cover these.

Important - Travel Fees

Banff Centre is not responsible for any additional or travel costs incurred if a program is cancelled, postponed, or transferred to an online format. We recommend that you ensure you have private insurance to cover these.

Regular Banff Centre Cancellation, Fees and Payment Policies

You can find all information here.

What Can I Expect on Campus?

Masks

Masks are to be worn in all public spaces by participants, guests and staff at all times in accordance with the Town of Banff Mask Bylaw.  Masks are also to be worn at all times when social distancing of 2m cannot be guaranteed. Disposable masks are available if required. Please contact your Program Manager.

Social Distancing

Social distancing protocols are in place in all public areas, learning spaces and studios.  Signage will be posted reflecting the most up to date protocols. Please respect the posted limits in use for elevators and in small spaces.

Handwashing Facilities

Hand hygiene including proper handwashing is an important foundational aspect of virus transmission. Hand sanitizer stations will be deployed in public spaces, classrooms, learning spaces, and food service areas. 

Enhanced Cleaning

Please be assured that we have implemented extended cleaning and disinfecting protocols across campus, using approved products. Please contact a member of staff if you have any concerns.

Public Spaces

Banff Centre will strictly adhere to the gathering limit regulations established by AHS for public spaces, classrooms, learning spaces and food services areas that are in place at the time of your program or event.  Alberta’s limit on social gathering is currently 15 people.  Up to date details on these limits can be found here

Food Service – Restaurants

Vistas Dining Room will provide on-campus food services to all program participants. Depending on guest volume levels at the time of your visit, food service options will range from a la carte or staff served meals from our food serving stations located in the dining room. Stringent protocols are in place to ensure guest safety.

For guests wishing to dine in their rooms or studio/ classroom, take out service at the dining room will be available. Additional detail will be provided prior to the start of your program. 

Guest Accommodation

All guest will be housed in single rooms with private en suite facilities. Guests from the same household who wish to share a room should contact their registration coordinator for details.

All rooms are subject to a 48 hour resting period between guest stays, followed by extensive cleaning and sanitizing to ensure your safety 

Sundry items will not be available in your room, but are available free of charge from Front Desk to ensure your safety. (Coffee station/ pens/ postcards/ magazines).

Housekeeping service will be provided only on request, so that we minimize access for your privacy and safety. Please notify Front Desk if you require housekeeping services, or fresh linens.  Note that you will be required to vacate your room during any requested cleaning or linen service, to minimize contact between housekeeping staff and guests.

Contactless check-in/out

We are working towards contactless check in/ out facilities.  Additional detail will be provided prior to arrival.

Pre-Arrival Information

Each guest will receive communication from our front desk prior to arrival that will provide additional and the most current information about your arrival check in process, hotel services and amenities that will be available given the current status of our operations due to the pandemic at the time of your arrival. 

Our front desk agents will be available by email or telephone to answer questions and provide assistance prior to your visit. Contact information will be available in your pre-arrival kit.