To All of our Marsh Street Centre community,

I am writing to the whole MSC community and our wider community of Clarksburg, Thornbury and beyond, to outline our strategy to mitigate risk during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The Executive members of the Board of Directors have been meeting with staff and consulting official sources of information in an attempt to fully understand the potential impact on our operations, staff, volunteers and visitors.

Firstly, let me assure you that we have carefully considered the latest guidance from health authorities and will continue to stay abreast of developments, modifying our policies and actions accordingly. We will implement appropriate measures, in an effort to fulfil our mandate, to make the Marsh Street Centre available to the community for a variety of uses.

In this context, we have begun more frequent cleaning of surfaces which may promote transmission of the virus such as door handles, countertops and stair rails. We have also ensured that soap and hand sanitizer are available, at all times, in all washrooms, and posted signage to encourage regular and effective hand washing. We have also posted signs reiterating other Health Canada advice.

The conduct of our own programs and fundraising events will be considered on a case by case basis and precautions such as limiting attendance, screening visitors, postponement or cancellation may be necessary. In in the event of cancellation, we will offer refunds of purchased tickets. We hope that all renters will exercise their own discretion and assess risks relevant to their specific event. We also expect all individuals to take appropriate measures to promote their own safety and that of other MSC visitors, volunteers and staff, and to avoid entering The Marsh Street Centre if they may pose a hazard due to travel/contact history or are exhibiting relevant symptoms.

Our goal is to keep the MSC a safe environment for all who enter, however, we are committed to the health of the whole community and will take all necessary measures to prevent contagion if we can.

Steve Gorton