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Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate program, which launched Wednesday, September 22, prohibits those who have not been fully vaccinated from accessing certain indoor non-essential services including Meeting and event spaces such as Ye Olde Towne Hall in Ailsa Craig. Patrons wanting to visit will have to show proof that they have received both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior.
At Ye Olde Towne Hall the renter or the organizer of the event is responsible for ensuring compliance.
Friends of Ye Olde Towne Hall is dedicated to work within Health regulations.
Ontario will be moving to a limited stage 3 opening on Friday July 16, 2021. The move also allows for concerts, theatres facilities such as "Ye Olde Towne Hall to operate at 50 per cent capacity inside for fixed seating.
Concerts with dancing, programming such as Scottish Dance and rentals for weddings and receptions will also be allowed, with a maximum of 25 per cent capacity. The province says patrons are exempt from physical distancing requirements when dancing, but that face coverings must also be worn and businesses must record the name and contact information of every patron.
The Capacity of "Ye Olde Towne Hall" auditorium is 140, while the main floor rooms each have a capacity of 20. Since these number must include all band members, staff etc. realistically we are looking at a maximum of 60-65 people for fixed seating and only about 30 without.
Stay tuned. We're working on reopening.
Although the historic building is owned by the Municipality of North Middlesex, we are responsible for maintenance and operational costs. There is currently no income, as it comes from events or rental of our facility. Expenses remain, and by maintaining only essential services, the expenses continue to be over $1,000 per month. No Government Assistance has come to the arts services so far. So, we’re left to rely on cash reserves and, most importantly, you.
There needs to continue to be a social epicentre for Ailsa Craig. It’s our mandate to preserve the building for the use of the community.
So, will you help us to proceed forward?As a registered charity, we will issue a tax receipt for your donations. Gift certificates can also be purchased to be used when Indoor Concerts begin again.