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March 14, 2020

First Covid Notice March 14, 2020:

As of Friday March 13, the Peel Medical Officer of Health said “I want to stress that the risk in Peel remains low at this time,” and all major shopping centres in the GTA remain open. Hence, the Alton Mill Arts Centre remains open and workshops and art openings are continuing.

In our regular course of business, the building is cleaned daily, and we have taken extra steps to disinfect high-touch spots with rigour. We are also taking measures to facilitate social distancing.

Unfortunately, the Art Battle scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday March 15, has been postponed. 

If you have tickets, you will be contacted directly regarding refunds or exchanges. Other updates will be shared as they unfold.

The well-being of our visitors is of the utmost importance to us and we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.

Please check back here for more information and continued updates.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing fever or difficulty breathing, have travelled abroad in the past 2 weeks, have potentially come into contact with a COVID-19 carrier or have any concerns about your health, please postpone your visit. Our team will be happy to see you once you're feeling better.

2nd NOTICE March 17:

Due to COVID-19 the Alton Mill Arts Centre is temporarily closed to the public. Our studio artists have access to their individual workspaces, are available by appointment with appropriate physical distancing, and many are active on-line. Go to our directory page for their contact information, or to see what's they're up to online check #altonmillathome.

During this difficult time, we encourage you to get outside and enjoy all the parks and trails that our beautiful Headwaters Region has to offer. Caledon alone has over 260km of public trails, and you can find trail maps on the Town of Caledon website. While they have closed playgrounds and other gathering spaces, "at present green spaces in parks and trails remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others."

COVID distanced B-day family meetup part-way between Toronto & CreemoreSame with the Alton Mill grounds, they remain open to the public for a stroll through our lovely sculpture garden. We simply ask you to be mindful of keeping your distance and picking up any trash or dog droppings. Also please be aware that the connecting Millcroft trails are temporarily closed.

Finally, we encourage you to express yourself creatively through the arts - spend some of your time at home making art or music, dancing, writing, and other endeavours. It’s important to build community through storytelling, and use the digital tools that we have available. Tag @AltonMill on social media and we’ll share our favourites! 

Our studio artists have some creative social distancing ideas for you including taking your camera for a walk, drawing inspiration through family photo albums, and developing your culinary skills. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more! See you soon.

Third COVID-19 Notice July 3, 2020

With the re-opeing of Peel Region, the Alton Mill Arts Center has resumed its normal hours of operation 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday to Sunday and Holiday Mondays. The cafe has a limited selection - beverages and some pre-packaged snacks. There are a few well-spaced tables available for you to enjoy your own food - please use the provided wipes to sanitize.

There are basic protocols that we ask everyone - visitors, trades, suppliers and tenants alike, to follow for our mutual safety, including: 

  • if you may have contacted anyone with Covid-19 or have any symptoms, please do not enter the building and get yourself tested. Check out the government’s self-assessment tool.

  •  practice physical distancing (6 ft / 2 m spacing) while in the mill or on the grounds
  • wear a face covering to protect others from possible spread. Face coverings are mandatory in the corridors and elsewhere where 2 meter separations are not possible

  • use the hand sanitizer that is provided at the two main entrance doors and wash your hands frequently in the washrooms

  • please respect the capacity limits and merchandise handling policy established for each studio and gallery space

We are very happy to be able to reconnect and share our creative passions with you! (Don't worry we won't crowd you like this pic from the good old days - our 10th anniversary celebration in September 2019.)