Play Area / Event Space Update - September 2021

Update - September 22nd

As announced by the Government of Ontario yesterday, they will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021.

For Wizard's Tower, this applies to our Play Area/Event Space and use of our Café for indoor dining starting September 22nd, 2021. Any customers looking to play in any of our events starting September 22nd, 2021 will require proof of vaccination to attend.

To enter the play area or use our Café for indoor dining, players will be required to provide a paper copy or digital PDF receipt of their proof of vaccination showing that they are fully vaccinated along with identification that has a matching name and date of birth to the vaccination receipt.

Please note that the proof of vaccination receipt must have been done more than 14 days before the date you are looking to enter the play area. (i.e. If you are looking to enter Sep 22nd, all vaccine doses must have been completed on Sep 8th or before)

Here is a link to how you can get your proof of vaccination - How to get your proof of vaccination

This will NOT apply to our online or retail shopping area of the store and business will continue to operate as normal.

For information on what is needed and for an FAQ on Proof of Vaccination with the Government of Ontario, you can click FAQ for Proof of Vaccination

Wizard's Tower is excited to have players back in the store to play games starting Friday, July 16th. With the start of Step 3 of the Ontario Government's reopening plan, this now allows us to have our play space open for scheduled events and casual play. We've been looking forward to your return and can't wait to have you back in our store.

With our expanded location, our store capacity sits at 55 customers, which includes a maximum of 24 players in our Play Area.

With the safety of our staff and customers in mind, we look forward to bringing players back into the store to play the games they love!

How Return to Play will look like at our store:

  • Like at our retail store, masks must be properly worn at all times.
  • With your safety in mind, all play spaces are cleaned regularly and in between rounds to ensure store cleanliness.
  • For your safety and to make sure we are still social distancing, we are putting two tables together and having 2 chairs on each side of the table. With 6 total tables, this will provide 24 total spots for players to play in.
  • We will have both open gaming and scheduled events available for play. (See the bottom of the page or our event calendar for event and time details)

Proof of Vaccination required to use Event Space or Café [Starts Wed Sep 22nd]

  • Anyone looking to use our Event Space, play in any Event, or use our Café for indoor dining will be required to show Proof of Vaccination
  • Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID
  • Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate
  • Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.
  • As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card
  • More information and details can be found here on the Ontario Government's FAQ for Proof of Vaccination

Open Gaming / Casual Play - Board Games, Commander, Casual Game Play [Starts Friday, Jul 16th]

  • Come with friends and play some games.
  • Sign in at the front cash before going into the Play Area for Contact Tracing
  • As noted above, starting September 22nd, Proof of Vaccination is required
  • Pick and choose a place to sit for your open gaming. During the duration of your time in the play area, we ask that you keep seated in just your own seat and do not move around to other seats.
  • We have Board Games available for rent at this time for use on our 2 tables reserved for Casual Play with players from the same household only.
  • Players are allowed and able to walk around the retail part of the store at any time.

Scheduled Events [Starts Friday Jul 16th]

  • There will be a capacity for each event of up to 24 players and we encourage signing up in advance through our online registration.
  • You will be assigned seats for your matchup before each round. Your area will be cleaned by a staff member in between each Round.
  • While in the Play Area, players are to stay in their table space and not switch seats until the start of the next round.
  • Players are allowed and able to walk around the retail part of the store at any time in between rounds.
  • Between each round, players will leave their tablespace into the retail store while we clean the tables in between rounds.

How to Play in our Play Area

  • All scheduled events will be available to sign up through our website. You can book your spot online or in-store. This will also tell you how many spots are available for the event as well.
  • We ask that if you are feeling ill or have had any COVID-19 symptoms that you don't come into the store or use the play area until you are feeling better. If you are showing symptoms of being ill while in our Play Area you will be asked to leave by our staff.
  • You will be assigned a tablespace to play for scheduled events. For casual play, please choose a tablespace and stay in that area if possible for your stay.
  • We ask that you do not change seats and stay within your table space while in the Play Area.
  • Players may leave the Play Area to walk around and shop in the retail store.
  • Masks must be properly worn at all times.
  • Each player should be the only one allowed to touch their own property including dice, supplies, and cards themselves.
  • We have public washrooms available for use for players located in the back hall.
  • When leaving the Play Area for the day, please let one of our staff know so they can clean the area for the next player.
  • There are no reservations for our Play Area space for Casual Play/Open Gaming and table space will be given at a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • If the Play Area is full, please let one of our staff know and we will add you to our waiting list.
  • If there are players on the waiting list to play in the Play Area, there will be a time limit of 3 hours for Open Gaming to allow as many players as possible to use the space.
  • With the safety of our players and staff, please note that staff have the ability to ask any player to leave if they feel they are not following social distancing or any of the rules set out by the store for use of our Play Area.

Fri Jul 16th - Open Gaming and Scheduled Events to Begin

Play Area Hours of Operation - Open to Everyone!

[Maximum # of players in the Play Area including Scheduled Events]

Mon - Fri
9 am - 9:45 pm - 24 players

Sat - Sun
9 am - 8:45 pm - 24 players

Play Area Schedule for Magic Events (Subject to Change)

[Maximum # of players in the Play Area]

Monday – 6 pm - 10 pm - 24 players [LEGACY]
Tuesday – 6 pm - 10 pm - 24 players [4-PACK SEALED]
Wednesday – 6 pm - 10 pm - 24 players [MODERN]
Thursday – 6 pm - 10 pm - 24 players [MODERN]
Friday – 6 pm - 10 pm - 24 players [4-PACK SEALED - CURRENT FORMAT]
Saturday – 10 am - 2 pm - 24 players [ROTATING EVENTS]
Saturday – 3 pm - 9 pm - 24 players [COMMANDER / OPEN GAMING]
Sunday – 9 am - 9 pm - 24 players [COMMANDER / OPEN GAMING]

For full details on all events, please see our Events Calendar.

*We will be working on our schedule and adding more events and play space when it is safe to do so.

We look forward to seeing you back at our store to play the games you love in a safe environment.

Joey Hoffer - Wizard's Tower General Manager