After months of self-isolation it has been decided by both the Oregon Health Authority and our Governor, that Washington County can begin Phase 1 of the reopening process. This will mean different things to individual businesses so this letter is going out to all of you to explain what this will look like for the Village Gallery.
The Executive Board has been actively engaged in researching what is required by local and state agencies to reopen safely. To help maintain a safer environment, all personal health and safety requirements must be followed including the use of face masks, social distancing, handwashing, and disinfection. Personal protection and disinfection products are being purchased for the Gallery and protocols have been written for signage and deskworker use and training. The Executive Board has decided that we will reopen on a limited basis on June 19, 2020 under the following conditions:
- We will be open Friday & Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12am-4pm
- There will be a limit of no more than 2-3 customers in the gallery at one time to maintain the necessary social distancing.
- Anyone entering the gallery must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving.
- Deskworkers will be advised of the new health and hygiene protocols and be responsible for ensuring they are followed.
- Artworks and craft items that were installed for the March show will continue to be on display through at least the end of June.
- No new art or craft items may be brought into the gallery at this time. New procedures are being developed to accommodate this at a later date.
- If you wish to remove any of your work, you are requested to contact Robin Skinner to schedule a time to do this. Instructions will be given then.
- Pickup of these items will occur outside of the new Gallery open hours. This will leave open hours available to customers.
- To ease the burden on our deskworkers, please limit any unnecessary visits to the gallery at this time.
The hope is that by following these procedures we will be able to get back to some version of normality sooner rather than later. There is still much unknown about the future path of this pandemic but we do know the history of prior ones and know that caution in resuming activities is important. We know that all of you care about each other and the Gallery’s survival and can be counted on to cooperate with the new procedures. Our most heartfelt wishes are for all to remain safe and healthy and that we will see the Gallery thrive beyond this crisis.
This announcement was originally shared by Village Gallery of Arts.