COVID-19 Safety Policies

Visual Arts Center of Richmond
COVID-19 Safety policies

VisArts is committed to the health and safety of our community. As an organization that serves youth and high-risk individuals, we will continue to require masks in our facilities regardless of vaccination status until further guidance regarding schools and camps is available from state authorities. The VisArts staff is fully vaccinated, but will continue to wear our masks inside until the vaccine is available to all of our students. To keep everyone in our community safewe require that all Visual Arts Center of Richmond staff, teachers, students and visitors follow the protocols listed below. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

We ask the all individuals to adhere to the following safety policies.

Practice safe behavior

  • Always wear a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth 
  • Always maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet from others and avoid physical contact 
  • Wash your hands before, during and after class using soapWash for at least 20 seconds.  
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. VisArts has hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the building for your safety 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Use provided disinfectant to clean your own personal work area before leaving the building 
  • Adhere to all posted signage 

If you do not follow these protocols, you will also be asked to leave the facility and may not be allowed back for future classes or programs. You may also not be eligible for refunds for fees already paid. 

For individuals that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19:  

  • You do need to follow the same safety protocols above.  
  • You do not need to:  
    • Quarantine after travelling in or out of state or after being in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 
    • Refrain from coming to VisArts after being at an event with more than 50 people in attendance, or after being around someone who is suspected to have COVID-19 

For individuals that have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19:  

Do not enter VisArts’ building if in the past 24 hours, you have: 

  • Been in close contact with someone who has suspected to have COVID-19 or has shown symptoms of COVID-19 
  • Been to an a medium or large in-person gathering, as per CDC guidance. 

Do not enter VisArts’ building if in the past 14 days, you have: 

  • Felt ill or experienced any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed on the CDC’s website 
  • Travelled out of state 
  • Travelled in-state with members outside of your household 
  • Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

You may return to VisArts after you have quarantined for 14 days following the exposure or symptoms, or after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. If you have travelled, your test must occur at least 5 days after you return home to ensure test accuracy. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to VisArts. You may return to VisArts after you have received a negative test and are no longer experiencing symptoms.  

If we see that you are experiencing symptoms, you will be asked to leave in order to protect the health and safety of your fellow classmates, teachers and our staff.  

Do not enter VisArts’ building if in the past 24 hours, you have:

  • Been in close contact with someone who has suspected to have COVID-19 or has shown symptoms of COVID-19 
  • Been to an event with more than 50 people in attendance  

Do not enter VisArts’ building if in the past 14 days, you have:

  • Felt ill or experienced any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed on the CDC’s website 
  • Travelled out of state 
  • Travelled in-state with members outside of your household 
  • Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

You may return to VisArts after you have quarantined for 14 days following the exposure or symptoms, or after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. If you have travelled, your test must occur at least 5 days after you return home to ensure test accuracy.  

For anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19  

  • You can return to VisArts 10 days after you receive a negative COVID-19 test result and you are no longer exhibiting symptoms, or once you have received two negatives tests at least 24 hours apart 
  • If you continue to show symptoms, you may need longer than 10 days before returning to public and community spaces. Consult your healthcare provider 

COVID-19 Refund Policies

If a class must be cancelled due to teacher illness, quarantine or isolation, VisArts will offer pro-rated refunds to enrolled students for the cancelled class(es). If a student is forced to miss a class session or leave a class early due to their own quarantine or isolation per our COVID-19 Safety Policies, they will not be eligible for a refund for classes missed. However, if we receive notice 7 days or more in advance that they will need to drop a class in its entirety due to quarantine or isolation, they will be eligible for a full refund.

Ways VisArts is working to keep you safe in our space 

Routine Cleaning Procedures 

  • Common areas are disinfected daily and cleaned regularly each week 
  • Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout our building 

Social Distancing  

  • Posted signage around the facility will provide social distancing guidelines in studios and common spaces  
  • On-site class sizes have been reduced to best accommodate a safe social distance in each studio; class capacity varies from studio to studio 
  • Exhibitions in our True F. Luck Gallery are available without an appointment, but there is a capacity limit and guest book to sign for contact tracing purposes. 

Visitor + Staff Limits 

  • Anyone coming into the Visual Arts Center of Richmond must enter through the front door and be let in by the staff at our front desk 
  • Only those attending classes or programs, visiting the gallery with an appointment, making purchases or picking up materials will be allowed within the facility 

Ways to Engage with VisArts from Home 

In addition to limited onsite classes and programs, there are many ways to engage with VisArts at home. Check out our online classes, our online shop filled with art by local artists, as well as Take + Make Kits. We are also adapting our special events to include options for engaging and attending online. Follow us online to stay tuned for updates!

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