COVID-19 Precautions at Glass Art Kalamazoo

Dear Friends of Glass Art Kalamazoo,

The health and safety of our staff, students, and customers is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, I wanted to share some of the actions that Glass Art Kalamazoo is taking to protect our glass community. We are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) as well as state and local health officials. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions. While the current risk in our area remains low, we are following the current CDC recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • Posting COVID-19 information/prevention signage in our studios.
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces in our shops and offices, and implementing protocols for students to assist in sanitizing any equipment used. This includes wiping down door handles, light switches, sinks and facets, countertops, chairs, glass blowing pipes and surfaces, safety glasses, and tools.
  • Providing hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and tissues for use by our customers and students who wish to clean their own workspace or hands.
  • Requiring our staff to stay home when they are sick. This may affect scheduling of some classes and we appreciate your understanding during this time.
  • Asking that customers or students that are sick stay at home. At this time, we are applying more liberal rescheduling terms for all classes, events, and activities to provide students and customers greater flexibility in making decisions that are best for them, without incurring financial penalties.

We understand that this issue is a cause of concern for many people and our thoughts are with those who have already been affected. We will continue to place the health and well-being of our students, customers, and staff as an utmost priority while we monitor the development of COVID-19. We appreciate our glass community and your support as we try to mitigate the impact of this virus on our wonderful glass art center.

Best,

Carrie Vanderbush
Executive Director