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Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum Suspends Programming In Light Of Novel Coronavirus (covid-19) Outbreak

March 12, 2020
Exterior of Country Music Hall of Fame taken from a drone.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 12, 2020 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum today announced that based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) expanded guidance and the Metro Public Health Department’s recommendations, the museum has effective immediately:
• Suspended all youth, family and school programming at the museum and within the Greater Nashville community through at least March 31, 2020
• Postponed Songwriters Sessions, Musician Spotlights, film screenings and other programming currently scheduled in the museum’s Ford Theater through at least March 31, 2020
• Canceled the Hatch Show Print Block parties scheduled for both Friday, March 13, and Friday, March 27

These measures are in addition to the steps the museum has already taken to help ensure the health and safety of museum guests and staff:
• A proactive deep cleaning protocol in alignment with public health guidelines at all museum properties - the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – has been put in place.
• Housekeeping staff do more frequent cleanings of high-touch surfaces such as door knobs, elevator buttons, bathroom fixtures, and counters.
• Museum staff assist with frequent cleanings of elevator railings and buttons, audio wands, and railings on the bus for Historic RCA Studio B, among other things.
• Signs placed conspicuously in high-traffic areas such as ticket registers, restrooms, and break rooms remind staff and guests of the CDC’s six steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
• Supplies, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and facial tissue are available in high-traffic areas. With these supplies readily available to them, staff can make sure workspaces are clean and hygienic.
• Staff encourage guests and colleagues alike to read signs and take advantage of the supply stations stocked daily with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and tissues.
• As with any illness, if you have symptoms, please stay home, take care of yourself, and consult a physician. Please do not enter the museum or attend an event at the museum if you exhibit symptoms.

At this time, Metro Public Health is not requiring closures or cancellations, and the museum remains open to the public. The institution recommends guests practice social distancing when visiting the museum. The museum is proceeding with an abundance of caution and will continue to monitor information coming from public health officials including Metro Public Health, the CDC and the World Health Organization, and will take quick and appropriate action if deemed necessary.

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