Important COVID-19 Policy Updates

SJAC COVID-19 policies and updates as of January 4, 2021

All of us here at SJAC would like to thank the community of Greater Saint John for your support and kind cooperation through the challenges of the last 22 months. We are confident we can count on your continued help in the transitional phases to come.

SJAC’s policies will adapt – and no doubt be subject to ongoing change – as we navigate each new stage of the pandemic.

January 2022 Update


The Omicron COVID variant has brought its own set of challenges with rising cases, and SJAC has made the decision to postpone winter workshops for at least the month of January; new dates for the workshops will be announced on our website when possible. We will continue to take registrations for the workshops with the understanding that the dates are to be determined (students will be contacted via email.) Folks already registered are being contacted to confirm their postponed spot or arrange for a refund.

Our website will be updated as new information comes to light, and we look forward to offering these exciting workshops as soon as we can!

Galleries will be open

Our galleries remain open free to visitors, Tuesdays to Saturdays 9am-5pm, with Public Health guidelines in place (see below.) New exhibits open on January 14th, 2022.

Other programs

In light of the rapidly rising Covid cases, SJAC has made the difficult decision to postpone all public events, including our planned opening for new exhibits, and the Early Music Festival’s Midwinter Mozart series. Rental of our gallery spaces is suspended, but artists can rent our pottery and printmaking studios on an individual basis, please contact staff to reserve your booking.

Proof of Vaccination

As of September 22, 2021, some New Brunswick businesses will require Proof of Vaccination to access non-essential services.

All people aged 5 and up will be required to show their record of immunization or medical exemption certificate and a government issued identification to be able to access some services.

SJAC’s programs (galleries, workshops, performing arts events, rental events) fall under these included categories of services:

  • Indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events
  • Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
Accepted proof of vaccination:
  • MyHealthNB record
  • Immunization record from an RHA clinic, pharmacy, or Public Health
  • Photo or copy of an immunization record
  • Proof of Vaccination from another jurisdiction
  • Medical exemption certificate
Accepted government-issued ID:
  • Driver’s license
  • Medicare card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Government photo ID card
Please be ready to show your proof of vaccination and ID to staff when you arrive. People taking multiple-week classes or regular guild members (eg. the Carnegie Rughookers) will only need to be cleared once.

Mask Policy

As of Wednesday, September 22, 2021, the Province of New Brunswick is instituting community mask mandates. Masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including:

  • public spaces where the public and employees interact, such as retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, and restaurants and bars except while eating;
  • organized indoor gatherings in public spaces, such as weddings and funerals;
  • common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
  • public transportation.

All SJAC programming, events, and rentals are included under this mandate. Disposable masks are available if you need one!

Other Policies:

  • Stay home if you have symptoms: You’ll continue to see our familiar passive screening signage at entrances, and are reminded to stay home if you have symptoms and wait until you are fully recovered before you visit (and are encouraged to get tested.)
  • Traffic flow & social distancing: With our large gallery spaces, it’s easy to maintain social distance! We encourage guests to give each other plenty of space as they move throughout the building and especially around entrances/exits.
  • Hygiene: We’ll maintain our heightened Covid cleaning protocols, and have plenty of hand sanitizing stations available. Signage demonstrating proper hand washing technique will remain in our facilities, and folks are reminded to follow respiratory hygiene practices like sneezing into your elbow.
  • Contact tracing: Contract tracing is no longer required for general gallery visits.


The public is welcome to read our full COVID-19 (pre-Green Level) Operational Plan here / Appendices (floorplan, signage, cleaning checklists) here.