COVID-19 Updates from The Westmoreland

Acting out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our staff and visitors as our top priority, The Westmoreland is extending the temporary closure of the Museum to the public through the beginning of February. The Museum will reopen to the public on Sunday, February 7 and will host a Museum Members preview day for the new featured exhibition Pattern Makers on Saturday, February 6. 

On Sunday, February 7, the Museum’s operating hours of Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, will resume, and advance registration will be required for admission. Admission to the Museum is free.

In the meantime, the Museum will continue to present a full slate of virtual public programming, including art classes for children and adults, artist talks, a film series program, and the Kinselland Radio event with Artist-in-Residency program artists Anqwenique and DS Kinsel on Tuesday, January 12 from 6-8pm. For a full list of upcoming events and programs as well as other virtual offerings from the Museum, please visit thewestmoreland.org.  

Additionally, the Museum’s outdoor Winter Lights display will remain open for the public to enjoy from dusk to 10pm nightly through February 13. 

To take care of your Museum Shop needs, visit the Shop online by clicking here.

For information on ways to connect with the Museum through fun and engaging virtual experiences from your home, please click here, and to register for or learn more about upcoming virtual events, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments, please email info@thewestmoreland.org.

Last Updated 1/4/2021 

 

The health, safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is always the highest priority of The Westmoreland, and we are committed to responding as quickly as possible to guidance and new information about COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health and Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety. Prevention of potential exposure is the primary objective in implementing the new safety policies and procedures listed below as well as other measures.

NEW Policies to Ensure Your Safety

  • Masks or face coverings, which cover both one’s mouth and nose, are required for entry to the Museum and must be worn at all times by Museum visitors and staff.*
  • Advance online registration is required for visiting the Museum; this includes the first hour of admission, which is reserved for high-risk individuals. Please note that due to restrictions implemented by the State of Pennsylvania, the Museum was closed from Dec. 12, 2020 until Jan. 4, 2021, and we have decided to extend that closure until Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 when we will reopen to the public at 10am.
  • Visitors, not in the same party, and staff must stay at least 6 feet apart from others when moving throughout the Museum.
  • Visitors and staff are reminded to follow recommendations for proper hand washing, which are posted in the restrooms.
  • Water fountains will not be in use. Complimentary disposable bottles of water will be available in the Museum Shop. Please dispose of these bottles in the recycling receptacles provided.
  • The Museum’s Café Marchand will not be open at this time.
  • Visitors should leave all non-essential items in their vehicle or at home before entering the Museum. Storage lockers will not be available. If bringing a backpack, it must be worn on the front of one’s body to prevent potential damage of artwork. Please no bags or backpacks larger than 16” x 18”.
  • If one is sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please follow quarantining guidance, and therefore please do not plan a visit to The Westmoreland until you have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.

Additional Ways We Are Supporting a Safe Space

  • Daily cleaning and sanitizing of the Museum, including continual cleaning of high touch areas throughout the day.
  • Access to hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.
  • Addition of floor markers in key areas with reminders about maintaining proper social distancing of six feet.
  • Addition of Plexiglas barriers at the Lobby Welcome Desk and Museum Shop register.
  • Limits on the number of people allowed in gallery spaces and all other areas of the Museum.
  • To minimize contact with high-touch surfaces, The Westmoreland has temporarily eliminated hands-on art activities and therefore closed the Center for Creative Connections.

*If you or a member of your party has a medical condition that prohibits wearing a mask or face covering, please do not complete your registration online. Instead, please schedule your visit by calling 724-837-1500 x116 during our operating hours of 10am – 5pm (Wednesday-Sunday), beginning Saturday, February 6.

The Museum has a limited supply of disposable masks for visitors who arrive without their own mask or face covering.

If you have any questions, please email info@thewestmoreland.org, and for information on ways to connect with the Museum through fun and engaging virtual experiences from your home, please click here.