Dear Danville Museum Friends and Members
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is deeply committed to public engagement and the museum will remain open. We want to assure you the DMFAH is monitoring the COVID-19 virus closely.
DMFAH is establishing ongoing communication with our local public health department to facilitate access to relevant information before and during any outbreak of coronavirus that might occur. After meeting with a corona task force we are moving forward with plans to keep museum staff, volunteers and visitors safe.
Our actions to maintain a healthy and safe environment for visitors and staff during the COVID-19 virus alerts will be:
  • Clean restrooms on a regular basis and keep soap dispensers filled
  • Add hand sanitizers for visitors throughout our venue and make sure they are full and accessible at all times.
  • Implementing sanitizing and disinfecting procedures for exhibitions several times a day – paying special attention to deep clean popular interactive areas.
  • We have installed CDC posters around the museum with health information.
  • We have limited employee travel to coronavirus hot spots, both internationally, nationally and locally. No one has yet been diagnosed in Danville.
  • We are keeping in close contact with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • We have cancelled our large crowd after hour events starting MARCH 13, 2020 but the museum exhibitions will still be open to the public from 10am -5pm (Tuesday – Saturday) and Sunday from 2-5pm.
  • We have a good contingency plan in place and will be developing flexible policies and procedures and try to listen to our community partners. We have canceled programming in Senior Care Facilities on request of the administrators of those facilities.
  • The museum exhibitions remain open to the public, but we remain focused on the safety and health of our community and our policies can change.
  • Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday, March 13, 2020 ordered all schools in Virginia to close for at least two weeks to limit the spread of coronavirus. This impacts all programming that the museum is doing with public schools and the ArtSmart program in the “See and Do Room.”
  • DMFAH’s response to the virus is based on the extent of the outbreak (There are no known cases in Danville) and the size of our organization and workforce, and the complexity of our day-to-day operations.

Elsabé Dixon
Executive Director