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Dear Friends,

The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, visitors, and neighbors are always our top priority. We are actively monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, and any actions we take will be done with guidance from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Allegheny County Health Department.

Although the situation may change, the four Carnegie Museums currently remain open during regular business hours. We are evaluating museum events on a case-by-case basis and in some instances have decided to postpone or cancel an event when circumstances have warranted our doing so. Please check the museum websites for the most up-to-date event information.

Meanwhile, we are continuing to provide guidance to all members of our staff on the best ways to keep themselves and visitors safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Foremost is the need for any staff member with flu-like symptoms to stay home and contact a physician. We are also asking our visitors to follow the same recommended preventative measures they would in any other public space, including washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and staying home if they’re not well.

Other actions include:
• Enhanced cleaning efforts across the museums. This includes increased cleaning frequencies at all touch-points, such as exhibits, handrails, tables, and elevator buttons.
• Removal of some objects made of soft materials that are difficult to clean or that cannot be disinfected—such as fabric and fur.
• Placement of additional hand-sanitizing stations throughout museum buildings.
• Cancellation of all spring trips planned through Carnegie Museums’ Travel Program.
• Suspension of non-essential business travel by museums staff.

In anticipation of the possibility that we may have to close one or more of our museums in the coming days or weeks, we are exploring ways of compensating our employees during that period.

Last night, I convened a meeting of representatives from our museums and from our sister institutions in the greater Pittsburgh region, including universities, museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations. We received very helpful advice from the Allegheny County Health Department and epidemiological experts from neighboring universities. We will continue to seek advice from the experts and share best practices with our colleagues. At the same time, we will make every effort to keep the entire Carnegie Museums community informed of the actions we are taking in the interests preserving the health and safety of all its members.

Sincerely, 

Steve Knapp

Steve Knapp
President and CEO

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