BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College will reopen to the public on February 11. It was closed for two months due to COVID-19.
The center will maintain its safety precautions from the summer and fall which include: mandatory mask usage, social distancing, and reduced capacity.
“Our priorities remain the same-- keeping our staff and visitors healthy, and fulfilling our mission,” says Burchfield Penney executive director Dennis Kois. “Our decision to reopen again is based on the most recent Erie County data reporting declining COVID-19 new cases and hospitalization rates, and significant signs of progress statewide. We will continue to monitor state and CDC guidelines daily and respond accordingly.”
Capacity will be capped at 225 which is 25% of its capacity and the following protocols will be in place:
- A single-directional flow throughout the building. Social distancing will be enforced with signage throughout the facility.
- All visitors, ages 2 and up, will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines, including maintaining a six-foot distance from others. The Center requires visitors to bring their own masks.
- Hand sanitation stations are installed for staff and visitors.
- Plexiglass shields have been installed at the Visitor Services reception desk and Museum Store.
- The Center will maintain a rigorous daily cleaning schedule and will frequently sanitize high touch areas, such as door handles and benches.
- Visitors and staff will enter and exit through designated doors to ensure social distancing. Museum staff will be wearing masks in all public areas.
The hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm (10 am - 11 am reserved for members and high-risk individuals), and Sundays, Noon – 4 pm.