With growing concerns and evolving data surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I continue to engage with the staff here at Moton and leadership at Longwood University as we follow the latest from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC. As you know, updates are changing daily, so our top priority remains the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors.
At this time, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), is a global crisis affecting more than 100 countries. A growing number of cases have been identified in and around Virginia, including a recently announced presumptive positive test at Longwood University. I remain confident in the response offered by Longwood and encourage you to stay engaged with their updates.
Here at Moton, we have made the decision to cancel all onsite and offsite public events with an expected attendance of more than 25 people. This decision will be in effect through March 20, 2020. At that time, our team will reevaluate and decide as to how we move forward. In making this decision, we are following the guidance of our partner institution Longwood University, along with joining several universities, non-profits, corporations, and governmental entities that are limiting non-essential, out-of-area travel and avoiding large gatherings as reasonable precautions to slow the spread of the virus.
The Moton Museum will continue to be operational during this time. We welcome individuals to engage with our permanent exhibition Moton School Story: Children of Courage during our regular hours of 12 noon – 4 pm, Monday-Friday. We are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates on the impact of our work as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can access information from the Virginia Department of Health or the CDC. Please direct any questions to our team; we’re here to help.