Update to the Comics Community Regarding COVID-19 from TCAF and VanCAF
In the months leading up to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, including Comics X Games in partnership with Hand Eye Society (May 8-10) and the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 16-17), we wanted to update you on our plans.
At this point, both festivals will be moving forward, with enhanced cleaning procedures at venues, and additional cleaning/sanitizing materials made available to exhibitors and the public.
The health and the well-being of everyone involved is our paramount concern. We are closely monitoring updates from Centres of Disease Control, Emergency Management Agencies, the Public Health Agency of Canada, local health agencies, and other official sources for the latest risk assessment. At the time of writing (March 11, 2020), public health officials in Canada have assessed that the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains low, and they have specifically not requested that events be cancelled. We encourage individuals to seek direct updates from public health officials going forward. Regular updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada are being posted on their official website.
TCAF and VanCAF exist to support creators and generate professional, artistic, and opportunities to them, and we remain committed to that vision. We encourage creators to make the best choices for themselves, and weigh the pros and cons of any actions. If exhibitors at either show wish to cancel their participation, they may do so and receive a refund of table fees. We only ask that exhibitors please contact the appropriate email address (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to allow us to open up space on our waitlist. If you are exhibiting but unsure of your travel arrangements, please plan accordingly and book flexible travel options that will allow you to cancel or postpone with minimal financial penalty.
We will continue to update all of our exhibitors and the public on the situation as we move forward, and remain committed to clear communication with all parties. We have two months until our festivals begin, and we will be making frequent updates to exhibitors and the public in response to recommendations by public health officials.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with the TCAF and/or VanCAF teams in the weeks leading up to the festivals. We wish you, and the entire comics community, good health, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you in 2020 and the many years to come.
- The Staffs of TCAF, HES, and VanCAF
Additional resources from regional health authorities can be found at the following links: