The health, safety, and well-being of our guests, volunteers, renters, and personnel is JM Drama’s top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this time.
All Ontario Public Schools will be closed from March 14 until April 6; public health officials have recommended this action to curb the spread of viral infection. Some public health bodies recommend cancelling all gatherings of over 250 people, while others put the number much lower at 100. With 150 seats, The Registry Theatre finds itself in the middle.
In the theatre we say “the show must go on”, however in this case there are additional elements to consider, such as the age demographic of the audience, the enclosed character of the performance space, the proximity of seating, and the fact that singing/orating is one of the activities considered to promote transmission of the virus. As strongly as we believe in the power of art and the vital importance of live cultural gatherings, we can’t in good conscience place these priorities ahead of basic public health.
As such, JM Drama has opted to observe the same closure schedule as Ontario Public Schools; all events will be cancelled from Friday March 14 through Sunday April 5. Further cancellations will be considered based on updates regarding the coronavirus outbreak, which we are monitoring closely.
Tickets purchased to Registry Presents events (March 19 RUNA and April 4 Tim Louis) will be fully refunded; please contact KW Tickets at 519-578-1570 if you purchased tickets via one of their services, or send us an email at email@example.com if you purchased tickets through us directly or are uncertain of your ticket purchase method. As an alternative to a refund, we are happy to issue charitable donation receipts to anyone who has purchased a ticket for a cancelled event.
Rental events will be responsible for establishing their own ticket refund policy. Please check our website, which will be updated as we receive information, or connect with the renter/presenting organization directly.
The Registry Theatre will be closed to the public until Monday April 6, though personnel will still be checking email and working remotely. We are also suspending all new rental inquiries until such time as normal activities can resume.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these cancellations, but sincerely believe it is in our collective interest - for many reasons - to take a pause when the situation calls for it.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention measures include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid shaking hands; do the elbow bump or the toe tap.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Stay home when you are ill (a fever of 100°F or 38°C). If you do have a fever, do not go to the hospital; instead contact Public Health or your GP.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
- If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.