GAC Covid-19 Protocols
Guilford Art Center is very pleased to welcome back our community to our campus. We have missed seeing everyone and can’t wait to see our students and visitors in person. Through the past few months, the support and encouragement of our community members has meant so much. Together, we are staying connected, and now we hope to strengthen these bonds.
As GAC resumes on-site operations, we are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, students, faculty, and staff. Nothing is more important as we strive to continue to serve our mission.
Following all Connecticut state guidelines, and with careful planning specific to our organization, we have implemented new safety and cleanliness measures. We ask that everyone respect these guidelines for the benefit of our greater GAC community. We need to work together and take care of one another to ensure everyone has a safe and positive studio experience. Thank you for your help.
These guidelines are part of an evolving plan and subject to change. We will continue to monitor state and local health department notices and adjust GAC operations as necessary.
Campus-wide requirements for all visitors, students, faculty and staff:
- Anyone who is feeling ill or has been exposed to anyone who is ill should not come onto campus.*
- Masks must be worn at all times .Masks should cover an individual’s nose, mouth, &chin. Those not wearing a mask or who refuse to do so will be asked to leave. If there is a medical exception, for the health of our community we ask that the person stay home, or arrange for curbside pick-up of shop items.
- Social distancing must be observed, with six-foot distancing between people. The number of occupants per room or studio will be restricted.
- If a visitor, student, faculty or staff member, or anyone in their household, is suspected of having COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, they should notify GAC immediately. Privacy will be respected; however, we will take necessary action to communicate any potential spread of the virus, including closing for a short time in order to clean and disinfect.
*Self-Health screenings for employees and visitors are required before entry: check for these Covid-19 symptoms, including: cough, shortness of breath, or any of the following symptoms: fever; chills; repeated shaking with chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell. If someone does have symptoms, they are asked to not return to campus until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Increased campus cleaning measures:
- All restrooms will be cleaned at the start of each day. There will be additional disinfecting supplies in each restroom for public use. Use paper towel when touching the door handle and any common surface. Leave doors open when unoccupied.
- All high touch surfaces will be sanitized at the start of each day.
- Touch-less hand sanitizers have been installed in each studio in our school, in the forge, and in the gallery and shop.
- Signs are posted regarding how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering. The state hotline (211) is posted to report potential violations.
In addition, in the Shop and Gallery:
- Masks are required for all staff and customers/visitors. Those who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition will be encouraged to shop online for curbside pick-up or shipping.
- Only a set number of shoppers will be allowed into the shop and/or gallery at one time. Visitors may be requested to wait outside until someone leaves before entering.
- Appointment shopping is recommended.
- Touch-less pay is preferred.
- No clothing, accessories, or jewelry can be tried on.
- Customers may provide their email addresses to aid in contact tracing should that be required.
In addition, in the School:**
- Studios will be cleaned at the start of each day that class is held.
- Only registered students, instructors and staff are allowed in the school building. No drop-in visitors.
- Studio class sizes will be limited and will be set-up to insure social distancing. All persons will remain 6’ apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside the building.
- Classes will begin and end promptly at their scheduled times. It is requested that students not arrive early nor stay late after class in order to maintain a safe environment.
- All staff, faculty, artists, and students must wash or sanitize their hands immediately after entering the building. Touch-less sanitizers have been installed in each studio in our school and in the forge.
- Antibacterial spray cleaner and paper towels will be provided in studios so that commonly used surfaces can be cleaned and sanitized before and after each use. Students will be encouraged to clean their work area with these supplies.
- Use of shared materials and tools and equipment will be limited to the extent possible. Students are asked to clean and sanitize shared tools and equipment after use.
- No food will be allowed in the studios. Kitchen facilities and coffee maker will not be in use.
- Windows and doors may be open to increase airflow, please dress accordingly.
**Each studio may have unique requirements, in addition to those noted above, with additional measures or exceptions. These will be posted in each studio, and students will be made aware of them before registration.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Warning &Disclaimer
Despite our careful attention to cleaning and social distancing, Guilford Art Center cannot guarantee that visitors or employees will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19 while on our campus. COVID-19 is highly contagious and there is a risk of exposure and infection at any time and any place. By using our facilities or participating in our programs, members of our community are acknowledging and accepting these risks.