Health & Safety at The Westmoreland
Mask/Face Covering Policy Update
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has consistently followed CDC guidelines, and takes health and safety of our staff and visitors seriously in our mask policies. Currently the CDC is recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors if they are in locations with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution and in alliance with CDC guidelines, The Westmoreland has reinstated a mask policy for all staff and strongly recommends that all visitors over the age of two wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, and admission to the Museum remains free. To visit, we recommend that visitors make an advance online registration.
Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement for Select Events
Additionally, for select upcoming programs and events that are taking place indoors where masking will not be possible for the duration due to food and drink components, please note that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for entry. Please see below for a list of these events and more details on this policy.
For the events listed above, where masking is not possible for the duration due to food and drink components, all guests ages 12 and older will need to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination at the time of entry into the Museum for the event.
“Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of the event:
- it is at least 14 days after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or
- it is at least 14 days after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Guests may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy. Use of a Digital Vaccination Passport App is also acceptable.
For guests who are unable to be vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time must be provided. Please note that the Museum will not accept results from self-administered home tests.
Additionally, masks/face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn by all, regardless of vaccination status, at these events (as well as at all other indoor events at the Museum) and should be worn upon entering the Museum and whenever possible except for times when food and drink is being consumed.
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Last Updated 9/17/2021
Continued Policies to Ensure Your Safety
- Masks or face coverings, which cover both one’s mouth and nose, are required for all staff and requested for all guests over the age of two regardless of vaccination status.*
- Advance online registration is recommended for visiting the Museum; this includes the first hour of admission, which we recommend for high-risk individuals since it is the least crowded time to visit 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.
- 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
- Access to hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.
- 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 one has a medical condition that prohibits wearing a mask or face covering, they are asked to schedule their visit by calling 724-837-1500 x116.
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.
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