COVID-19 and SJIMA

To:            All members, donors, supporters and visitors to the San Juan Islands Museum of Art

From:       SJIMA Board

Subject:   COVID-19 and SJIMA

We have been monitoring mandates from Inslee’s office and the county health department frequently as the news has been changing rapidly. The governor’s statement is below. We have had no cases of Corona virus infection in our county as of the last update.   

Governor Inslee has closed restaurants and bars and schools as they are gathering places of 50 or more people. They have not asked all public places that are not crowded and have many fewer than 50 visitors at any time to close, but urge us all to follow all of the published guidelines. SJIMA never has crowds of visitors except for our receptions (none until May) so does not qualify as best we can tell. We certainly have more than enough space to self-distance and we have had sanitizers at the recent opening and since. We have been following all the guidelines promptly as well as exercising common sense as you saw in our announcement a few days ago.  We cancelled Family Art Days on Saturday to be cautious.

However, we have closed the museum today rather than take risks.  Should the situation change or be more narrowly defined, we will issue another update.  Thank you for your continued support in this emergency.

Please stay healthy yourselves.

Diane

March 15, 2020   Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement tonight that further expands protections against COVID-19. 

“Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.  

“Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. 

“The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.

“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met. 

“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease. I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges.

“Tonight, after consultations with me and with the Department of Health, King County announced that they will be taking these actions immediately. King County has been the hotbed of this outbreak and has the largest population center in the state. I have spoken to Executive Dow Constantine and I applaud their decision to act quickly. We will do a joint media announcement with more details tomorrow morning.”