Covid-19 Mitigation Strategy
This spring, The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation will host its second annual Art at the Wagnalls outdoor arts festival. While we believe that The Wagnalls Memorial and its gardens provide a safe and open space for visitors to socialize while maintaining the six-foot social distance recommendation, we have also undertaken additional procedures to further ensure the safety of those who will be attending the event.
This page outlines the mitigation strategies that will be used during the art festival to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.In developing our COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy, we relied on the guidelines set forth by health and environment experts including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Ohio Health Department, and the Fairfield County Environmental Health Department.
Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all visitors and participants to enjoy the two-day outdoor event while adhering to best practices relating to the health challenges caused by the pandemic.
Our twelve-step plan:
1): Maintaining Healthy Environments
The Wagnalls Memorial has received a federal grant through the Ohio Humanities to have the entire facility professional cleaned and disinfected on a daily and weekly basis. This includes floors, tables, hand railings, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Additionally, the exterior of the building has been pressure-washed. Outdoor tables and chairs will be monitored and cleaned as needed during the event.
During all events we will close areas such as drinking fountains that cannot be adequately cleaned and disinfected during an event. To support this, we have added water stations with bottled water for the public spaced throughout the gardens.
2) Encouraging Social Distancing
The Wagnalls is requesting that all attendees follow safety and social distancing guidelines when on the grounds or in public spaces and maintain a distance of at least six feet as recommended by the CDC. By adhering to these best practices, everyone will remain safe while still enjoying the music, food and displays that are part of this outdoor live event.
3) Recommending Face Masks
We ask that attendees bring their own face masks and wear them while at the event. Face masks will be required to enter The Wagnalls Memorial Library building. We will also be offering.
4) Providing Hand Hygiene Opportunities
As part of our support for proper hand hygiene procedures—a key element in controlling the spread of COVID-19—The Wagnalls will have two portable handwashing stations at the festival and will ensure that they remain stocked throughout the duration of the event. Additional hand hygiene solutions include the following:
- hand sanitizer that containing at least 60 percent alcohol
- paper towels
- disinfectant wipes
- no-touch trash cans
We will also post signage encouraging attendees to wash hands often and cover coughs and sneezes. Our goal is to encourage and communicate the health benefits of proper hand washing and other health-conscious habits.
5) Increasing Distance Between Vendors
We have purposely increased the physical space between artist and vendor tents to a 12 x 12 footprint and are also limiting the number of individuals within the tent to two (2) at any given time. Additionally, we are requesting that artists and vendors keep two open ends in their space to allow good air circulation.
We encourage our artists and vendors to take all additional steps to protect themselves and others, such as wearing face masks, having hand sanitizer available, only accepting credit card payments, and assisting customers to help reduce any possible cross-contamination of goods.
All artists and vendors will be notified of The Wagnalls’ COVID-19 requirements prior to the event.
6) Ensuring Food Safety
All food service during the event will be provided by professional food trucks set up at the front of Wagnalls on the right side of the grounds. The Wagnalls is reminding all food vendors that they must follow state and federal guidelines pertaining to their food handling and social distancing.
Additionally, we ask that the service provide physical guides, such as tape on the floors or sidewalks and signs on walls to ensure individuals remain at least six (6) feet apart when waiting in line to order or pick up their food items. All food service vendors will be notified of The Wagnalls’ COVID-19 requirements prior to the event.
7) Staying Current with Health Guidelines
We expect many fluctuations over the summer regarding health guidelines. The Wagnalls Memorial will stay in close communication with local, county, state and federal health officials to ensure that we are following the most current restrictions.
8) Sharing Information via Social Media Messaging
We will continue to present the public withongoing health and safety updates, using the CDC social media tool kit to create communications regarding the best practice of social distance guidelines and COVID-19 prevention. The information we share will be from trusted and reputable health sources, complemented by eye-catching visual graphics. We will continue to communicate messages about behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our website and social media accounts. These messages will be directed to our staff, artists, vendors, and attendees.
9) Promoting Health Behaviors at Event
The Wagnalls will be taking advantage of the event to share a variety of COVID-19 support materials through signs and messaging. We will post signs at highly visible locations (e.g., at entrances and health stations) and frequently used spaces (e.g., restrooms) promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of COVID-19.
10) Ensuring Restroom Safety
The Wagnalls will ensure that open restrooms are operational with functional toilets. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily or more often if possible with EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19, particularly high-touch surfaces such as faucets, toilets, stall doors, doorknobs, countertops and light switches.
Restrooms will be noted on the Event Map, with three each for men and women, and one unisex restroom. Hand sanitizers and air dryers will be available in the restrooms.
We will be limiting the number of people who occupy the restroom at one time to allow for social distancing. Additionally, we will not allow lines or crowds to form near the restroom without maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet from other people. Signs and markers will help attendees maintain the appropriate social distance of at least six (6) feet.
11) Providing Multiple Entrances
The Wagnalls will have multiple entrances and exits to the event to allow for quick entrance and exit of festival and to discourage crowded waiting areas. Because the event is free to the public, there is no need for any contact to obtain a ticket or a wristband. We will also be providing signs and visual cues such as tape or chalk marks to encourage people to stay at least six (6) feet apart while awaiting access to the event.
12) Publicizing Event Schedule in Advance
We will be posting the event schedule, list of activities,and amap of vendor and display locations online. This will enable attendees to plan their visit for maximum enjoyment while allowing them to follow social distancing recommendations as much as possible. Beer and wine tickets will be offered online for advance purchases, or you can visit our check-in desk to purchase ticketsvia credit card. Social distancing guidelineswill apply to purchasing beer and wine tickets.
While The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation recognizes the very real challenges in hosting a public event during this pandemic, we also believe that our Art at the Wagnalls event offers a valuable and much needed respite to our community after a difficult year for everyone.
We believe that if we adhere to the safety guidelines recommended by health experts and consistently communicate the importance of social distancing and hand hygiene during the two-day festival, we can provide our visitors, artists, vendors, and staff with a safe and enjoyable experience.