COVID-19 ResponseChippewa Valley Museum has developed procedures to make its public spaces as accessible as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic while also reducing risks for those visiting and working inside its buildings. The procedures detailed below were reviewed and approved by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. Procedures will change as the impact of the pandemic increases or decreases within the community.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into an elbow
- Put distance -- at least 6 feet -- from others outside your household
- Wear masks when it is not possible to keep physically distant from others
- Avoid others who are sick
- Front entrance signage asks visitors if they have any symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills or muscle aches, or congestion or runny nose.
- Museum staff will ask visitors if they have recently knowingly been in contact with somebody diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Guests will not be admitted if they show signs of these symptoms or have been in close contact to somebody with COVID-19.
- Staff and volunteers will self-monitor symptoms and not come into building if they exhibit symptoms or have tested as or had contact with a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- Staff and volunteers will review a health screening checklist each time they come to work. Those that have symptoms will be sent home.
Guests asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer (provided) at entry
- Guests and staff are to maintain minimum 6 feet distance - social distancing reminders will be posted throughout building
- Face coverings required for guests and staff. Disposable masks available for those who do not have their own face covering
- Museum visit appointments encouraged.
- Walk-ins welcome if museum is below building capacity
- Group size: 9 or fewer
- Limited capacity, adjusted based on circumstances but no greater than 25% capacity
Exhibits and Historic Buildings on Museum CampusOne-way traffic through exhibits
- History Quest exhibit closed
- Majority of hands-on activities in exhibits removed
- Displays with push buttons have a hand sanitizer station. Guests asked use hand sanitizer before and after touching buttons.
- Log House and Sunnyview School House closed for winter months.
- Ice Cream Parlor temporarily closed.
- A sanitizing cleaning solution approved to kill coronavirus and cloth will be used to wipe down high-touch surfaces during the day and when museum closes. Solution will be changed 1 - 2x daily depending upon visitor traffic.
- High-touch surfaces cleaned every 30-60 minutes
- Shared spaces will be cleaned between shifts using cleaning solution
Private events and rentals
- Schlegelmilch House at 517 S. Farwell available for rental. Guests expected to follow local health department recommendations.
- Meeting rooms unavailable
- Private events at museum on hold until further notice.
- Paid staff at front desk only. No volunteers.
- Minimum number of employees on site.