Health & Safety Measures
Under the Toronto Public Health – Specific Enhanced Measures our meeting and event spaces will be closed.
Columbus Event Centre is committed to servicing our current and future clients. Although our on-site event planning and services have resumed, we are also available through telephone, email, and virtual event consultations. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions regarding your upcoming event. New this year, we have added Petite Weddings and Virtual Events to the services we offer. We continue to accept new bookings for The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Room and Ristorante Boccaccio. Please note, we are not accepting new bookings for our Sala Caboto Ballroom at this time.
With direction from the Government of Ontario, our team has worked diligently to ensure that we are ready to safely host events. We have implemented every possible health and safety measure in accordance with the Ministry of Health and government guidelines. To ensure that our clients and our staff remain safe, the following measures will apply to events taking place in 2020:
- The use of masks and face coverings is mandatory, as required under City of Toronto bylaw no, 541-2020. Masks may be removed by event guests for the consumption of food and beverage while seated at tables with individuals pertaining to their social circle, or during posed photography and videography.
- Guests and staff will adhere to physical distancing protocols.
- Heightened cleaning and sanitization protocols.
- All staff will be retrained on sanitization and physical distancing protocols.
- Kitchen staff will wear a face mask and follow handwashing protocols.
- Event set up, dinner service, bar service and menu options will be modified to comply with safety protocols.
- Cocktail receptions, buffets, family platters and food stations are not currently available.
- All courses will be served plated. French service is not available.
- Receiving lines are discouraged.
- Ceremony and dinner seating will adhere to current provincial and public health guidelines.
- Cutlery will not be exposed.
- At this time, dancing at events will be limited to the bride and groom due to physical distancing protocols. Government restrictions may not permit dancing where guests are on the dance floor simultaneously.
- The Columbus Event Centre is required to maintain mandatory logs for all persons entering the venue spaces to enable contact tracing.
- Organizers must provide Columbus Event Centre contact information for all persons invited to or attending an event 72 hours prior to event. We will require name, phone number and email, which will be provided to public health on request. Guests will be expected to self-screen prior to attending event on site. Guests will be screened upon entering the facility and directed to their event room.
- Additional staff will be assigned to monitor social distancing in washrooms and sanitize high-touch surfaces in public spaces.
- Virtual meetings will be encouraged for initial client event consultations.
- Clients who are interested in booking and viewing the venue in person will be accommodated with in-person appointments.
- Virtual meetings will be encouraged to finalize details and menus.
- Clients who are scheduled to meet with CEC staff in person are to self-screen prior to arriving at our facility.
- Clients providing deposits and final payments may do so over the phone by credit card.
- We recommend patrons avoid taking group photos without masks and limit photos with those persons in their social bubble or cohort.
- Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must provide their own plexiglass shield or other impermeable barrier to separate and distance themselves from guests/spectators.