Important COVID-19 Safety Info for NiC

Important Note:

Due the current COVID-19 situation in B.C., Nelson Innovation Centre (NiC) is temporarily closed. We will reassess at the beginning of January 2021.

KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) has a responsibility to keep our members, clients and staff safe during this uncertain time and are choosing to be proactive to ensure the safety of those in our tech and business community.

KAST and Nelson Innovation Centre will remain open in the virtual realm. All of our support services, programming and events will continue to operate online, as they always have. KAST has some major program announcements coming soon, as we continue to strive to provide the utmost support to our tech and non-tech businesses in the Kootenay region. 

For those wishing to book the Nelson Innovation Centre for a special meeting, workshop or initiative, or if you have any questions related to our temporary closure, please contact us at We will make decisions on a case-by-case basis for special bookings.

NiC’s Response to COVID-19

As the project manager for the new Nelson Innovation Centre, KAST has implemented practices to ensure the health and safety of our employees, clients and visitors as we prepare to welcome the public into our new work hub. 

The Nelson Innovation Centre is open at reduced capacity by booking-only (no walk-ins) from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm for KAST members only. Bookings must be made in advance online if you’d like to visit the space. If you’re interested in becoming a KAST member, please click here.

In order to serve you, our valued tech community, the centre will open to the public with strict safety measures in place: 

  • Our maximum capacity is 10 people
  • Masks are mandatory
  • All tables and seating are at least 2 meters apart and limited to 2 people (from the same group) per station. 
  • We have hand-washing and sign-in procedures for all staff, clients and visitors for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Staff will be sanitizing shared work spaces and high contact surfaces frequently, with frequent weekly deep-cleaning service to ensure a safe and healthy facility. 

In addition to this, all on-site staff are adhering to the strict Work Safe BC Covid-19 guidelines:

  • Keep a physical distance of 2m (6’) or more from each other
  • Practice frequent handwashing or hand sanitizing
  • Don’t touch your face
  • If you, or anyone in your family, gets sick – Stay Home

We would like to acknowledge the extraordinary circumstances that our staff are working in and the additional demands of opening a new, public workspace in this challenging environment. We appreciate your patience and welcome your feedback to ensure the safest environment possible for staff and the public to utilize the space.