COVID-19 Update – March
We are tracking COVID-19 information closely and paying attention to what the Washington State Governor and King County Executive Dow Constantine, who are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are recommending. They are stating (find the full report here) that in addition to Events with more than 250 people are prohibited that:
Public events with fewer than 250 attendees are prohibited, unless event organizers can take steps to minimize risk. Event organizers must ensure that:
- Older and vulnerable individuals have been encouraged not to attend
- Recommendations for social distancing and limiting close contact are met
- Employees or volunteers leading an event are screened for symptoms each day
- Proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning is readily available
- Environmental cleaning guidelines are followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily or more frequently)
The health and safety of our students, staff, and volunteers are our highest priorities. We have been following everything for handwashing and sanitation and cleaning and recommending that those who do not feel well stay home. We have been 2-3 times daily cleaning high-touch areas such as doorknobs, handles, faucets, light switches, key pads and more. We have provided hand sanitizers for all teachers and students and visitors.
Our Drop-in Studio on Main location will be closed as of Thursday, March 12 until it’s deemed safe to re-open. Studio on Main is volunteer-run and some of our main volunteers have health compromised family members at home and we do not want to risk anyone getting sick. Follow along on Studio on Main’s Facebook page for information regarding scheduling pick up of pottery.
Studio on Main will have Take Home Pottery Paint Kits for sale and we will be getting those online so that you can keep being creative at home!
Our Northwest Art Center School will remain open with normal operating hours at this time. Because our class sizes are small, our classes are as of today operating on their normal schedule. Wine and Paint nights and other events will be evaluated each individually but all are small sizes (less than 30 people). We encourage anyone who is sick to please stay home and rest. Please see our Handwashing Policy information and our Illness policy pages.
If the Riverview School District closes due to COVID-19 concerns, the Art Center will close as well. Details on what that will look like will be provided once we determine a course of action.
We will be updating the website here should this change.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Our thoughts are with those in our community and beyond who have been impacted by COVID-19.
On behalf of the entire Art Center Staff, Board and Volunteers, we hope you all stay safe and be well.
~Alison Hawkins & Pamela Martin
Northwest Art Center