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COVID-19 Safety Plan

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Museum of Culture & Environment at Central Washington University

The MCE is committed to creating a healthy and safe environment for all employees (staff, faculty, graduate assistants, student workers, interns) as well as visitors.  It is critical to create a culture of adherence with respect to the University’s policies regarding COVID-19. We are committed to the following:


Strict Adherence to Federal, State of Washington and Kittitas County Public Health Safety Guidelines and Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start Washington: A phased Approach to Recovery” Plan.


  • Wearing of face coverings/masks in all academic spaces, including but not limited to: the MCE Lobby (Dean Lobby), MCE Gallery (Dean 101), and the MCE Workroom(Dean 120).
  • Hand hygiene, i.e., hand washing and/or sanitizing frequently (before employees come to work at the MCE, after employees use the restroom, before and after breaks that include eating or drinking, in case there is a breach of coughing or sneezing etiquette)
  • Proper cough/sneeze etiquette (not touching the face with hands)
  • Requiring that all MCE employees (including interns) score 80% or higher on the CLA’s Course, “Safety Short: Coronaviruses and COVID-19.”
  • MCE Employees will continue to WFH as much as possible. 
  • Frequent disinfecting and sanitizing of surfaces during “down times” (in between visits)
  • Social/Physical Distancing
    • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet (or more), facilitated by circulation plans/wayfinding posted in the Dean Hall lobby and inside the MCE Gallery circulation
    • Limiting the gallery to 5 people at one time. 
    • Monitoring any line (as a result of gallery limitations) that may form in Dean Hall Lobby (due to visitors to the MCE) by placing X’s 6’ apart along the south wall. Only five people may wait in the lobby at one time. Others will be asked to wait outside. 
  • Employees or visitors who have experienced fever or other symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be told to stay home. 
  • Requesting that those persistently not following the above guidelines leave the premises. 


Virtual Public Programs and Events

  • All MCE-sponsored events and public programs for 2020 – 2021 will be held virtually, via Zoom.


Public-health Informed Opening

  • Placing in-house exhibit materials so that visitors may view them from Dean Hall Lobby (when curatorial practices allow).
  • Offering online exhibits.
  • Offering limited access to collections online.
  • Offering faculty and students opportunities for virtual engagements with objects from the collection.
  • Adjusting and limiting “drop-in hours” so as to reduce traffic from courses held in Dean Halls.
    • Wednesday – Friday 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM and Saturday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 
  • Offering “By Appointment” and virtual visits or “field trips.”

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