Coronaviris Reopening Plan

The Dairy Barn Arts Center is dedicated to remaining a safe and welcoming place for our visitors, and your health and safety are our top priorities. In preparation for reopening, we have developed new policies and procedures that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The plan outlined below is in alignment with current official health and government recommendations and may change based on these recommendations at any time.

Programming

  • Outdoor classes will be held throughout summer, with social distancing and hand sanitizer available. Masks are strongly recommended.
  • Indoor classes will be held with a capacity of 5-10 people, depending on the activity and table spacing. Social distancing and masks are required to participate.
  • The Art of our Appalachian Woods exhibition begins in the gallery on July 24. Reservations, social distancing, and masks are required. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 12-5 pm with a happy hour on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8 pm. Alcoholic beverages on the patio will be available through the Neon Cow bar.
  • The Gallery Shop will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm with a limit to ten people at a time.
  • Outdoor space including the Ora Anderson Trail is encouraged.
  • Summer Art Camp is being held remotely this year and is packaged for families to pick up or have delivered.
  • The Neon Cow bar may be open at select times. Guests are asked to be seated while eating or drinking, only credit cards are accepted for payment, and the floor will be marked when necessary for crowd control.
  • The Dairy Barn Ceramics Studio is open by reservation only, with a limit of two people at a time. A separate cleaning procedure has been created for this area.

Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Masks are required for all individuals 10+ and are recommended for children who are able to wear them.
  • Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, bathroom facilities, desks, and touchscreens are sanitized multiple times a day using an established cleaning checklist.
  • Reservations are required for classes and exhibitions to regulate capacity. Staff will be available to monitor capacity and to answer questions.
  • Exhibitions will be set up with a one-directional pathway to encourage social distancing and avoid blind spots and bottlenecks.
  • Staff and guests who are sick, exhibit symptoms, or have recently come into contact with an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 are instructed to remain home.

Facility

  • Signage with reminders and best practices is placed throughout the building.
  • Hand sanitizer is placed at convenient locations throughout the building.
  • Tables and chairs are located at least 6’ apart chairback to chairback, with extra space for foot traffic in key locations.
  • Ventilation is maximized when possible, and air-handler filters are changed frequently.
  • The floor may be marked in strategic locations when a line is expected to form.

Staff Safety

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act signage is posted in a prominent location, and all staff have been informed of the Dairy Barn’s leave policy.
  • Staff may begin working on-site but are encouraged to work from home when possible to reduce contact.
  • Masks must be worn by staff in the building unless they are alone in their own work environments. Masks must be worn properly and cover noses.
  • Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible at 6’ or greater. If this is not possible, contact should be brief and all extra safety precautions should be considered.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing should be done frequently and thoroughly including upon arrival, after bathroom usage, and before and after contact with shared items.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the office environment safe. Staff should remind others of safety policies, help sanitize the building, and be proactive in maintaining a safe, healthy, and friendly environment.

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