OMAH’S UPDATED HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

We have implemented the following measures to ensure your health and safety:

  • OMAH expects all visitors 12 and up to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of October 22, OMAH will require acceptable proof. Please see the FAQ below for details.
  • As of September 22, all participants and guests of on-site events must show acceptable proof of vaccination for entry. More information is available in the FAQ below.
  • As of September 22, all participants and guests of off-site events must show acceptable proof of vaccination for entry. More information is available in the FAQ below.
  • We ask that everyone wear a mask or face covering while visiting the museum.
  • We will be disinfecting high touch and high traffic areas multiple times a day.
  • Before entering the museum we ask that you review the screening questions posted on both entrances.  Should you answer yes to any of these, please visit us another time.
  • Out of an abundance of caution we will collect only the first name and phone number of one member of your party for contact tracing purposes.  This information will be kept for 30 days and then securely destroyed.

Everything you need to know about visiting OMAH, including updated health and safety measures, can be found in the FAQ below. As a non-profit arts and heritage organization, OMAH is grateful for our community’s continued support through these unprecedented times.

FAQ

Am I required to be vaccinated to enter OMAH?

OMAH expects all visitors 12 and up to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of September 22, program participants must show acceptable proof of vaccination for entry in accordance with Provincial regulations.

At this time, museums and galleries are not currently included on the list of facilities that require proof of vaccination in the normal course of their operation as there is typically space for individuals to physically distance and individuals tend to move around the facility as opposed to remaining in one place for longer periods of time.

However, if a museum provides access to an indoor meeting or event space (such as workshops, speaker events, etc.), then proof of vaccination is required and the requirements in O.Reg. 364/20 for “Meeting or event space, conference centres, convention centres” apply.

What documentation is required?

OMAH will accept the OntarioEnhanced Vaccine Certificate when it becomes available. Until then, the following documentation will be accepted:

  • Receipt of full COVID-19 vaccination issued by the public health authority that administered the vaccine. For visitors who received their vaccinations in Ontario, documents can be accessed at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ with an OHIP number.
  • Government issued ID (i.e. driver’s license, health card or passport) that matches the proof of full vaccination documentation.
What types of vaccines are considered acceptable?

OMAH will accept any combination of vaccines currently approved by the Province of Ontario, with the last dose having been administered at least 14 days prior to your visit. Please visit the Ontario.ca website for more information.

What if I have an approved medical exemption?

OMAH will accept document exemptions as outlined by the Province of Ontario. Please visit the Ontario.ca website for more information.

Do children 11 and under need to show a negative test result to be admitted?

Children 11 and under do not need to show test results at this time.

Are OMAH employees vaccinated?

OMAH has an internal policy in place that requires all employees, volunteers, trustees, contractors and students to be fully vaccinated.

Are visitors to OMAH required to wear a mask?

Yes. In accordance with provincial guidelines, to help keep everyone healthy and safe, all visitors, employees and volunteers over 2 years of age are required to wear a mask or face covering in a manner which covers their mouth, nose and chin, while visiting OMAH.

If it’s not possible for you to wear a mask or face covering due to a pre-existing health condition, or other reasons protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, please email our administrative assistant at visitors@orilliamuseum.org in advance and we will attempt to accommodate if possible.

How will OMAH respond if someone who’s recently been inside the building later tests positive for COVID-19?

If we become aware that a person who has recently been inside the museum later tests positive for COVID-19, we will take swift and decisive steps to limit the risk to our visitors, employees, volunteers and the general public. We will:

  • Inform public health officials and follow their guidance

  • Determine and implement any necessary additional deep cleaning and sanitation, which might include temporarily closing OMAH

  • Notify employees, visitors, and other entrants to the museum who may have had close direct contact with the individual and advise those people to self-isolate for a period of 14 days and follow guidance from public health officials

  • Communicate closely with public health officials, providing them with information relevant to their investigation of the case, wherever necessary or required by law

Will my personal information be shared with public health officials?

To support public health efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, OMAH might be asked to share the contact information of anyone entering the building with government officials (for example, to help with contact tracing). OMAH is committed to protecting the privacy of everyone entering the building, and will only retain personal information for so long as is necessary to comply with applicable law.

Limitation of Liability

Any public space where people come together, like the Orillia Museum of Art & History, produces a risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Help keep each other healthy by following health & safety guidelines, maintaining physical distancing, and wearing a mask or face covering during your visit to OMAH. By being in public spaces like OMAH you voluntarily assume the risks related to exposure.