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Health and Safety Guidelines for Phased Reopening

Dear Friends,

In the next months, we are looking forward to emerging from a quarantine that has fundamentally changed how we relate in our world. Throughout this ordeal, we have witnessed incredible strength, experienced renewed connection to the community, and been inspired by people’s seemingly inexhaustible positivity. Lawrence, through it all, you never missed a step. Thanks to this quality of yours, we will emerge from isolation like a butterfly from its cocoon.

Embracing this new era as an opportunity, we have reinvented ourselves to explore new ways of making, experiencing, and enjoying art. As restrictions on public spaces and gatherings are eased, we will be thoughtful and cautious as we make plans to see you again in-person. Because we care deeply about everyone’s health and safety, we accept this new reality and will be mindful about our physical spaces and how we interact within them. Our programs, policies, and procedures will closely follow the phased guidelines for the public as outlined by the State of Kansas and Douglas County. We will continue to stay informed and adjust our policies to preserve public health for the long term.

The core of our work is to connect people, not only as a community but also with the essence of who they are as individuals. People seek us out to create, be inspired, and learn. The result builds a sense of belonging and growth. While there are many changes in the reality that lies ahead, the heart of the Lawrence Arts Center and the purpose of our work will not change. As artists, we remain the creators, connectors, conveners, and community builders. And as we step out of isolation into this summer’s new era, art and creativity will be tools that build the bridge between our past and our present.

We’re in it together. Let’s do this!
#LACStayCreative,
Margaret

PHASE PLANS FOR RE-OPENING:

As restrictions on public spaces and gatherings are released, programs will naturally ease into in-person experiences. Because we care deeply about the health and safety of everyone, this new reality involves being mindful about our physical spaces, as well as how we interact with each other. In response, we will closely follow the phased guidelines for public health outlined by the State of Kansas and Douglas County. We are adopting these protocols to:

  • Protect health and safety at the Lawrence Arts Center.
  • Ensure appropriate physical distancing.
  • Practice proper infection control.
  • Communicate openly with the public about our health protocols.

ALL PHASES:

Before coming to the Lawrence Arts Center we ask everyone to complete a COVID-19 self-screening.

If your answer to any of the screening questions below is yes, please do not enter the Lawrence Arts Center. We are happy to help you online or via phone.

  1. In the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with, or is suspected to have COVID-19?
  2. Is your temperature 100°F (38°C) or higher?
  3. Are you experiencing two or more of the following symptoms?
  • Chills
  • Stiffness/Rigidity
  • Muscle Aches or Pains
  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
  • Sudden Loss of Taste or Smell

 

Phase 1: Health and Safety Practices Beginning May 4

  • Facility is closed to the public, but open online 24/7.
  • Front desk staff is available via phone to answer questions from 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Only facility and operations staff are in the building and program staff is working remotely.
  • Although health department guidelines set a limit of no more than 10, LAC staff in the building will limit gatherings to 3 or fewer.

Phase 1.5: Health and Safety Practices through June 14th

  • Facility is closed to the public until June 1st, but open online 24/7.
  • Front desk staff is available via phone to answer questions from 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Only facility and operations staff are in the building and program staff is working remotely.
  • Although health department guidelines set a limit of no more than 10, LAC staff in the building will limit gatherings to 3 or fewer. 
  • Masks are required inside the building.
  • Virtual Classes begin June 1st!
  • Starting June 1st, the first floor main lobby and first floor bathrooms are open to the public.

Phase 2: Health and Safety Practices Anticipated date June 15th

  • In-person classes begin June 15th, if possible under state and local guidelines.
  • Facility doors are open 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday.
  • The first floor  main lobby and first floor bathrooms are open to the public. Galleries are open by appointment. Other areas are open only to limited number of students with staff approval.
  • Every person will complete a COVID 19 self-screening prior to entering the Arts Center.
  • Front desk staff is available for questions during open hours.
  • Staff is working reduced hours in the building, remotely other times.
  • Room capacities are posted outside the room or on the studio door.
  • Health protocols are posted on a table set up near the facility entrance.
  • Hand washing is recommended upon building entry and before exit.
  • Masks are required inside the building.
  • For those without a mask, the Arts Center will provide one while supplies last.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in studios and public spaces.
  • Everyone will practice at minimum a 6-foot social distance from others while in the building.
  • Traffic flow is organized to minimize contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • No gatherings will exceed 30 people.
  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized hourly.
  • Public seating and main lobby grand piano are not available.
  • Disposable paper cups are available at water fountains.
  • In-person experiences require frequent handwashing before, during, and after.
  • Classes are scheduled to allow spaces to be sanitized after use.
  • Student personal belongings are kept separate from others’ belongings.
  • No outside food or meals permitted. Program staff will provide snacks when needed. No
  • Students will follow drop-off and pick-up protocols outside the building. Drop-off and pick-up details will be sent via email to each student upon enrollment.

Phase 3: In-Person Health and Safety Practices Anticipated date late June

  • Facility doors are open 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday.
  • A limited number of classes and experiences take place in person.
  • Every person completes a COVID-19 self-screening prior to entering the facility.
  • Front desk staff is available for questions during open hours.
  • Staff is working reduced hours in the building, remotely other times.
  • Room capacities are posted outside on room and studio doors.
  • Health protocols are posted on a table set up near the facility entrance.
  • Hand washing is recommended upon building entry and before exit.
  • Masks are required inside the building.
  • For those without a mask, the Arts Center will provide one while supplies last.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in studios and public spaces.
  • Everyone will practice at minimum a 6-foot social distance from others while in the building.
  • Traffic flow is organized to minimize contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • No gatherings will exceed 90 people.
  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized hourly.
  • Public seating and main lobby grand piano are not available.
  • Disposable paper cups are available at water fountains.
  • In-person experiences require frequent handwashing before, during, and after.
  • Classes are scheduled to allow spaces to be sanitized after use.
  • Student personal belongings are kept separate from others’ belongings.
  • No outside food or meals permitted. Program staff will provide snacks when needed. No
  • Students will follow drop-off and pick-up protocols outside the building. Drop-off and pick-up details will be sent via email to each student upon enrollment.
  • Because a pandemic is a fluid situation, we will continue to stay informed and adjust our policies to preserve public health, providing updates through email, our website and social media.

Phase Out: Resume Normal Operations with the Following Health Protocols Date TBA

  • Self-screening is requested prior to entering the Arts Center.
  • People who show signs of illness, or have been exposed to COVID 19 will isolate at home.
  • Employees stay at home when sick.
  • We follow strict cleaning and sanitation standards.
  • We frequently clean high-touch surfaces.