Moton Museum Response to COVID-19

 

UPDATE:
March 27, 2020

The Moton Museum continues to be closed indefinitely to the public as we do our part to support our community during this public health challenge that we face.

“What I know is that there will be a day where we once again are able to gather together in this historic place. Until that time, we continue to be so grateful for your support of the Moton Museum, our local history, and our mission. We are going to need that continued support and each other in the times ahead. Stay safe, continue to follow the expert guidance of the CDC and your State Department of Health.” – Cameron Patterson, Managing Director

Please continue to follow the expert guidance of the CDC and your State Department of Health. Also, please take a few moments and view the message below from our Managing Director Cameron Patterson. Please reach out to info@motonmuseum.org with any questions. Continue to visit our website at motonmuseum.org for the most up to date information.

 

UPDATE:
March 14, 2020 

The Moton Museum will close to the public beginning Monday, March 16, and remain closed through Saturday, March 28. This is an update to our previous announcement to cancel all onsite and offsite group events, special programs, and facility rentals.

The Moton Museum takes the health, welfare, and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers seriously. We continue to consult with the leadership of our partner institution, Longwood University along with guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, CDC, and other state officials and will amend our plan as necessary.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon.

UPDATE:
March 13, 2020

With growing concerns and evolving data surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), our team here at Moton continues to engage with the leadership of our partner institution, Longwood University, as we follow the latest from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC. As you know, updates are changing daily, so our top priority remains the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. You can keep up to date at motonmuseum.org with the latest information.

At this time, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), is a global crisis affecting more than 100 countries. A growing number of cases have been identified in and around Virginia, including a recently announced presumptive positive test at Longwood University. I remain confident in the response offered by Longwood and encourage you to stay engaged with their updates, along with information from the Virginia Department of Health or the CDC.

Here at Moton, all onsite and offsite group events, special programs, and facility rentals have been canceled. This decision will be in effect through March 28, 2020. At that time, our team will reevaluate and decide as to how we move forward. In making this decision, we are following the guidance of our partner institution Longwood University, along with joining several universities, non-profits, corporations, and governmental entities that are limiting non-essential, out-of-area travel and avoiding large gatherings as reasonable precautions to slow the spread of the virus. Moton will continue to be operational during this time. We welcome individuals to engage with our permanent exhibition Moton School Story: Children of Courage during regular hours of operation.

As we continue to welcome visitors, we have also been working closely with our housekeeping team to ensure that our cleaning protocols remain strong. We have added additional sanitizing stations, given greater focus to our high touch points, added signage in our bathrooms that remind guests of handwashing protocols, strengthened our cleaning solutions, and implemented an aggressive schedule of wiping down our spaces during our hours of operation.

We are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates on the impact of our work as it becomes available. Please direct any questions to our team; we’re here to help. Thanks for your understanding and support.

UPDATE:
March 12, 2020 

With growing concerns and evolving data surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I continue to engage with the staff here at Moton and leadership at Longwood University as we follow the latest from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC. As you know, updates are changing daily, so our top priority remains the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors.

At this time, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), is a global crisis affecting more than 100 countries. A growing number of cases have been identified in and around Virginia, including a recently announced presumptive positive test at Longwood University. I remain confident in the response offered by Longwood and encourage you to stay engaged with their updates.

Here at Moton, we have made the decision to cancel all onsite and offsite public events with an expected attendance of more than 25 people. This decision will be in effect through March 20, 2020. At that time, our team will reevaluate and decide as to how we move forward. In making this decision, we are following the guidance of our partner institution Longwood University, along with joining several universities, non-profits, corporations, and governmental entities that are limiting non-essential, out-of-area travel and avoiding large gatherings as reasonable precautions to slow the spread of the virus.

The Moton Museum will continue to be operational during this time. We welcome individuals to engage with our permanent exhibition Moton School Story: Children of Courage during our regular hours of 12 noon – 4 pm, Monday-Friday. We are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates on the impact of our work as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can access information from the Virginia Department of Health or the CDC. Please direct any questions to our team; we’re here to help.