Health & Safety

HEALTH & SAFETY

The latest economic recovery initiative is about to unfold in Stratford: a sparkling celebration that will carry us through the long, dark nights of 2020 and into 2021.

Lights On Stratford is committed to the health and safety of its workers, contracted personnel, volunteers, and patrons. In order to protect its resources, both human and material, management will make every effort to provide and maintain a safe, healthy work environment and will continuously strive to eliminate any identified hazards.

This commitment will be fulfilled through the policies and procedures that follow.

Lights On Stratford acknowledges that safety is a personal commitment as well as an organizational commitment. Hazards in the work place and in event spaces can only be controlled by active involvement at all levels; thus, Lights On Stratford requires that all Festival personnel make safety their first priority.

The safety and health of the public and our personnel is our prime concern. There is no task so urgent that it cannot be completed safely and no event that cannot be postponed or rescheduled to limit risk.

Covid-19: Attention Visitors

  • Enjoy Lights On Stratford on your own or with your household bubble.
  • Stay 2 meters (or one 6’ string of lights) apart from others.
  • Help minimize the risk and wear your mask as you enjoy the self-guided tour through the display.
  • Capacity is limited to the outdoor gathering numbers currently recommended by HPPH within Provincial regulations.

If any of the following apply to you, please stay home and self-isolate right away:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue, sore muscles
  • Had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • Returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days

Market Square

Beginning November 19, 2020 and running through to February 14, 2021, this area will house the majority of the light sculptures and ice sculptures and this is where beautiful images will be projected onto the back of City Hall. The displays will be open to the public from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Tuesday through Sunday each week. To view the displays, attendees take a self-guided, one-way tour around Market Square.

This is a fully accessible display site.

Volunteers will be on hand from 5:45pm to 9:15pm to manage the space, reinforce the direction of travel, monitor crowd size and maintain physical distancing. They will also act as Festival ambassadors and engage, at a proper distance, with attendees throughout the visitor experience. Volunteers will be masked and will monitor the hand sanitizer levels.

Shakespearean Gardens

Attendees will be welcomed to Shakespearean Gardens of a Thousand Lights each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening between 6:00pm to 9:00pm from January 02, 2021 to February 14, 2021.

Also a self-guided experience, visitors will enter by foot one-way through the Shakespearean Gardens gate on Huron Street, walk along the pathway of light and sound to the exit at the left of the Dufton Woollen Mill chimney. Visitors will exit through the Service Ontario/ Perth County Courthouse parking lot so there will be no pedestrian traffic crossover along the route.

This is not an accessible display site, but the exhibit can be viewed on foot or from a vehicle on TJ Dolan Drive as well as from the far side of Huron Street at the base of Ontario Street. (Please note that this is a busy downtown corner, attendees will need to be especially diligent about physical distancing.)

Similar to Market Square, volunteers will be on site for the duration of the exhibit hours to assist with direction of travel and monitor crowd size and social distancing. Volunteers will be masked while on duty and will also maintain hand sanitizer as needed.

Tom Patterson Theatre – in collaboration with the Stratford Festival

The theatre will feature light displays within the exterior windows, timed for 6:00pm to 9:00pm for Tuesday through Sunday from November 26, 2020 to February 14, 2021. These displays are designed to be enjoyed in passing from outside the theatre on the riverside pathway and surrounding roads. Signage will be posted to encourage physical distancing.

This is a fully accessible display site (from the riverside pathways and roads).

Downtown Storefronts

Downtown storefront locations will feature lights displays inside their stores that will be visible from the exterior, timed for 6:00pm to 9:00pm for Tuesday through Sunday from December 01, 2020 to February 14, 2021. These displays are designed to be enjoyed in passing from downtown sidewalks. Each participating storefront will include health and safety signage.

This is a fully accessible display site.

Tom Patterson Island

The island itself will be closed to the public, with the light displays visible from the pathways and roads on either shore opposite the island. The displays are timed for 6:00pm to 9:00pm for Tuesday through Sunday from December 10, 2020 to February 14, 2021. Signage will be posted to encourage physical distancing.

This is a fully accessible display site (from the riverside pathways and roads).

Lights On Stratford Contact Information

For enquiries about Lights On Stratford Health and Safety, please contact the Festival Coordinator at kaileigh@lightsonstratford.ca.

Local Health & Safety contacts

Police

Non-emergency: 519-271-4141

Emergency: 9-1-1

Fire or Ambulance

Emergency: 9-1-1

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH)

1-888-221-2133

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