Haven Foundation Communicable Disease Prevention & Safety Protocols

The Haven cares about the safety of our employees, participants, guests, faculty, interns, and the Gabriola community at large. We stay current with WorkSafe BC (WCB), Island Health Authority (VIHA), Public Health and Health Canada requirements and guidelines to ensure we do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy.

June 6, 2022: In line with current BC Provincial Covid guidelines, Haven does not require masks to be worn in public spaces including session rooms, while those who wish to continue wearing masks may do so. We will no longer require proof of double vaccination for program participants and leader teams for core programs.  Individual leaders may require additional protocols if they choose, this will be noted on the program description.  While we are easing into these new protocols, please give everyone plenty of space until you know their comfort level with closer contact.

All staff, guests and participants are required to self-monitor for symptoms of illness and are asked to isolate from others when showing symptoms.  

Event and group bookings hosted at The Haven will follow BC Provincial Covid guidelines, which means masks are optional and proof of vaccination is not required.  Individual event organizers may require additional protocols if they choose.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Haven asking everyone on property to be fully (double) vaccinated?

No, we are following current BC Provincial Covid guidelines which means we do not require proof of vaccination for people attending programs, groups or events. . Individual program or group leaders may require additional protocols if they choose, this will be noted on the program description and in your registration confirmation.  

Can I eat meals in the dining room without a mask?

We are following current Provincial guidelines which allow people to eat together unmasked.

Will I have to wear a mask in indoor public areas?

No, masks are not required and are optional for indoor public spaces.

What will happen to the information I provide to the Haven?

All personal information collected by the Haven is stored securely and kept confidential as required by the B.C. Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Only authorized Haven staff access and hold your records, including your immunization records. The sharing and transfer of information for our purposes is limited to de-identified data for the purpose of providing an aggregate count. Your immunization records will be kept from the date you provide to June 30th of the following calendar year (ie if you provide your info on August 30, 2021, we will keep your info on file until June 30, 2022) and will only be reviewed and accessed if you wish to register for another Haven program AND the Haven is still operating with this policy or an updated policy with the same intent.

Procedure For Reporting Covid-Like Symptoms:

Procedure for Participants, Faculty/Interns/Guests:

  • If you detect COVID-like symptoms stay in your room or return immediately to your room. Do not enter the lodge or session room. 
  • From your room, phone 0 for the receptionist and advise them of your symptoms. The receptionist will immediately advise a manager.
  • Phone the Public Health line from your room at 8-1-1 to ascertain whether a COVID test is recommended/required.
  • If a test is recommended/required, contact reception and advise. The receptionist will contact the Gabriola Medical Clinic to arrange for a test. You will either proceed to the Clinic when requested in your own vehicle or the receptionist will arrange transportation for you.

The Gabriola Medical Clinic, VIHA and/or Public Health will advise of further steps. You must remain isolated from other participants and staff until a plan is devised to keep both you and others on property safe. We are committed to your well-being and no stigma or criticism will be attached to your diagnosis. Your right to privacy and confidentiality is important to us.

All staff who self-diagnose with COVID-like symptoms are required to stay home and take advantage of paid sick days while phoning the Public Health information line 8-1-1 to determine whether a COVID test is necessary/required. Staff already at work will be required to notify any manager and immediately return home.

We Are Committed To Adapting And Changing As Required:

Our management is trained to monitor the workplace, engage with staff, faculty, interns, and guests to ensure that COVID-19 policies and procedures are being followed. Any questions or concerns can be brought to Reception (onsite or email reception@haven.ca) and will be addressed by ​management in a timely manner.