COVID-19 Response

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The BCHA is committed to providing our guests with the best possible experience and so long as we are open, we ask that all guests follow the COVID-19 protocols listed below.  Guests that fail to follow these rules will be asked to leave for the safety of our staff and other visitors.  If you have questions about these policies, please contact us.  

Please note that due to the unpredictable nature of this disease, this policy can and will change in accordance to community health concerns and governor’s orders.

As of November 18, the History Center at Courthouse Square is open by appointment only Monday through Friday, 10a to 4p.  Last non-shopping visit is scheduled for 3p.  This order will remain in effect until January 1, 2021.

 

The number of guests allowed in the courthouse is 15 and large groups will be required to split up in order to comply with current Department of HHS orders.

    • Large groups that do not comply with this rule will be asked to leave.
    • Visitor maxes in other buildings: Sheriff’s Residence is still 10, Bennett’s Forge and Murdock Cabin are both 5 due to their size

Face coverings are required to enter any building on campus by visitors over the age of 5 years old. The safety of our staff and our guests are of paramount importance to us and as a private organization, the BCHA can refuse service or admittance to our grounds if masks are not worn.

    • They must cover nose and mouth.  Guests will be turned away if they are not prepared or refuse to comply with this requirement.
    • Acceptable face coverings include masks, bandanas, face shields, scarves, or a loose head covering so long as they are covering the lower half of the visitor’s face.
    • This order will be in effect so long as Executive Order 2020-167 or similar health orders remains active.
    • Those with disabilities who cannot wear a mask may visit our grounds, but we encourage you to contact us ahead of time to determine if the site is safe for you to visit.

Guests who appear sick will be turned away for the safety of our guests and staff.

The grounds will close at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday to allow staff the time to clean and prepare the grounds for the next day.

The entire grounds is deep cleaned twice a week, all public areas are cleaned daily, and high traffic areas are cleaned throughout the day.

Hand sanitizer stations are located inside the Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Residence and bathrooms are located inside the lower level of the Courthouse.

Bennett’s Forge and Murdock Cabin are pass-through only at this time and we ask that guests not linger there.

While on the grounds after closing, guests are recommended to continue to wear their masks, but are not required if they are able to maintain six feet distancing between guests.

BCHA staff will have masks on when greeting guests and sneeze guards provide a barrier between the public and our staff.  Additional safety compliance protocols will be implemented as required by law or the CDC.

 

Programming COVID-19 Rules

Masks are required, no exceptions and those without masks will be required to leave.  The more intimate nature of programs mean that guests will be around more people than they would under normal visitor times, therefore we cannot compromise on the mask mandate.

On grounds programs will have one entrance and one exit so that guests can maintain social distancing requirements and guests will be required to follow the set path in order to maintain this flow. 

Family groups must remain together and children are not allowed to wander away in order to maintain social distancing needs.  Failure to comply will result in the group being asked to leave.

For lectures and talks, upwards to 15 people will be allowed to attend these in-person, but guests will be required to wear masks and to spread out inside the Courtroom to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Refreshments for programs, if offered, will be limited to bottled beverages and pre-packaged items to ensure the safety of our guests and staff will pass this out to reduce transmission opportunities.