Health, Safety, and Respect at Group Gatherings


PAN is committed to creating a safe and respectful environment at all of our events whether they are virtual or in-person. We recognize that people bring different strengths and experiences to events, and ask that all participants review and respect these Group Guidelines and Responsibilities so we create a culturally safe community space together.


Respiratory health at in-person events

PAN staff, contractors and volunteers will wear a mask during in-person events (except when eating or drinking) to minimize risk of exposure to COVID or other respiratory illnesses. This is to support the health, safety, and comfort of attendees, especially the most vulnerable and those who are immunocompromised.

We recognize that COVID symptoms may be minor and go unnoticed, and masks continue to be a layer of protection to help control COVID’s spread. We know that COVID infection can be resolved within a week, but for some it can also lead to complications and long COVID, so we are taking this approach.

Participants and guests at our in person events are encouraged to wear masks and we will make them available along with hand sanitizer.

A staff member or attendee that is experiencing any symptoms of illness (fever, chills, respiratory symptoms) is asked to stay home or leave the event to protect the community, especially those who may be immune-compromised.

We continue to strongly encourage people to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and get ongoing boosters as suggested by public health guidance.

Please note that for any of our in-person events, we may have to make changes to these plans based on current public health conditions at the time, and the safety of all.


Additional information

COVID-19 Prevention and Risks, BC Centre for Disease Control


Questions? Contact Simon Goff: [email protected]


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