Hello fellow VIEX and Nanaimo community members.

 

It is with care and concern for all our families, friends, supporters, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and communities, that we feel the need to address the issues regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our directors, members and vendors are concerned citizens like you. Many of us work within the community in humanitarian or service sectors and wish to show our support and reassure our community that we are all hoping for better days ahead. Here at the VIEX our Association is taking these concerns seriously.

 

The City of Nanaimo and our provincial government has asked us all to be mindful of social distancing and emergency responses. In the last few days, measures have been discussed for the short and long term solutions available at the VIEX as they have been throughout the province and Canada.

 

The City of Nanaimo has announced and posted:  “As of March 16, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer issued a new order to cancel all gatherings of 50 or more people until further notice”

 

During this difficult time health and safety of our guests and staff is our primary concern. Over the many years VIEX has and will continue to work diligently with authorities to protect the safety of our patrons and will continue to do so.

In the spirt of optimism, the VIEX will continue to plan for the August 21st to 23rd, 2020 weekend, however until further notice standard annual fundraising events will not be held, and meetings will follow the gathering and social distancing measures announced by our city. We are hopeful families will be able to again enjoy public events such as ours in the coming months, but we will continue to monitor the public situation. We have faced challenges in the past and know that together we can provide a safe and celebratory environment for August 2020 providing government officials have deemed the event safe and lifted restrictions. Should restrictions continue to stand, we as a board, will advise our patrons and vendors closer to our event dates.

 

Our board wishes health and safety to you all, and ask that you abide by our governments recommendations. Please treat each other with care and concern in the coming weeks.

 

Sincerely VIEX Executive and Directors