Last updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2020 @ 1:40 pm

At Arts Umbrella, we understand that the global situation with respect to Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve and that there is heightened concern with respect to the virus. The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners.

Arts Umbrella’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff. In all decisions, Arts Umbrella will adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

We will keep this web page updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


Arts Umbrella Cancellations and Closures

Spring Break Camps

Effective 4:00 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020, all Arts Umbrella Spring Break programs will be cancelled due to the evolving situation with COVID-19.

Full refunds will be automatically processed for all students currently registered in Spring Break Camps March 16-20 and March 23-27. Families can expect to receive their refund receipt by email in the coming days.

If possible, make-up classes for year-long programs operating during Spring Break will be scheduled at a later date.

As part of this cancellation, Arts Umbrella will ensure that all instructional staff will be compensated for their full Spring Break work schedules.

Capture Photography Festival – South Surrey Exhibition

The opening reception for Location; Past, Present, and Future originally scheduled for April 4 has now been cancelled. Arts Umbrella is in contact with organizers at Capture Photography Festival, and we will communicate further updates in regards to the exhibition as information becomes available.

Arts Umbrella Dance – Auditions

Vancouver auditions that were originally scheduled for April 5 have now been cancelled.

Arts Umbrella Dance has currently extended the video audition deadline to April 24. Please visit our Auditions page to download an admissions package.

Spring Session

Arts Umbrella Spring Session programs and most of our year-long Dance and Theatre programs to the end of June have now been cancelled.*

*Professional and Post-secondary Dance, Theatre Troupes, and the EA Scholarship Program, will all move to online instruction in the weeks ahead. If you are a part of one of these programs, you will receive further communication from the appropriate department. The artistic leadership team is also working to broaden online learning where possible, and we will share these opportunities as they are confirmed.

For families currently registered in a Spring Session or Year-Long Program, Arts Umbrella has prepared an online form for you to complete in order to process a credit or refund. Please note that Arts Umbrella staff are currently working from home and will only be available via email. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


Expressions Festival

Arts Umbrella will continue to communicate about all future programs, performances, and events, as we navigate through this difficult time.

Current Recommendations

Self-monitoring is recommended for all Canadians. This means staying home to limit contact with others, and monitoring yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Stay home if you or your child has even mild cold or flu symptoms. COVID-19 can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing. Some people may not recognize symptoms that are mild. During this time, people can reduce the chance of spread by limiting contact with others.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or HealthlinkBC at 811 to get advice. HealthLink is a free service from the Ministry of Health and translation services are available in most languages.

If you or members of your family have recently travelled outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. Stay at home and limit contact with others. Monitor your health for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing)., meaning stay at home and limit contact with others. Monitor your health for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing).

If you have travelled, you should monitor your health for symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after you arrive in Canada.

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate and call their healthcare provider or 811 to inform them and receive advice.

More information on symptoms, testing and self-isolation can be found on the BCCDC website or by calling 1.833.784.4397.

How Do I Protect Myself?

The most important things you can do to prevent COVID-19 are to follow the advice of public health officials:

  • Stay home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is unavailable.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid others who are unwell.


Healthlink BC (call 811 for free health info in multiple languages)
Vancouver Coastal Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
BC Centre for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Government of Canada – Travel advisories

Contact if you have any questions about Arts Umbrella’s response to COVID-19.