June 1 2020 marks the day that CFUZ programming volunteers have regained access to the CFUZ Studio and Office space, since the start of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 28, the CFUZ Board of Directors closed their studio and office space to volunteers, in order to comply with governmental regulations, and to ensure the safety of all CFUZ volunteers. "We didn't want coming to the studio to be the justification for putting people at risk for exposure to the virus" said Dave Del Rizzo, Program Director for CFUZ. "While we recognized that radio had been declared an essential service, we were not really in a position to provide a service in the spirit of how the essential service designation is defined."
Instead, volunteer programmers were encouraged to continue to make their programs using their own equipment from home. Del Rizzo explained that many of the CFUZ volunteer programmers began their involvement by creating their content at home, and some still do. "We have the benefit of being flexible in that way, our systems are designed to be accessible both from our own studio, and remotely", he said.
The re-opening of the studio today means that restrictions have been relaxed to allow regular established programs hosts to enter and use the studio facilities at the Cannery Trade Centre. For some hosts, this will be their first time back on air in over two months. Many are looking forward to returning.