Athenaeum Update Regarding COVID-19 – Updated 3/16/2020

Updated 3/16/2020

In light of tenant closures, government and CDC recommendations, we are closing the Athenaeum.

We are closing the west side of the building, effective today at 4pm, to the public. The Rathskeller and Coat Check Coffee are now closed.

The YMCA will be open until 10pm tonight and will be closed thereafter. Once they close, the entire building will be closed to the general public.

The Athenaeum preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the Sound Mind in a Sound Body values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages in diverse communities.

With that in mind, we take the safety of our guests, staff, tenants and the community around us as our top priority. We recognize the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) raises many questions and concerns, and we want to update you on our building operating status and recommendations when planning on visiting the building.

At this time the Athenaeum will continue to remain open and operating. If you are planning on visiting one of our tenants, we encourage you to visit their respective website and /or social media for updated hours of operation and potential cancelations.

Click here for links to all our tenants.

Per the recommendation that came from the Governor today, we will limit the size of all public gatherings and events in a single room of the building to a maximum of 250 people. Should this policy change, we will update our plans accordingly.

To help protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all people who are planning on visiting who are not feeling well please stay home until symptoms such as cough, runny nose, wheezing, elevated temperature or shortness of breath have completely subsided. Specifically, the MCPHD recommends that seniors with chronic medical illness such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease avoid large gatherings due to higher risk.

Additionally, we have heightened our protocol on all sanitation efforts in the entire building. We are taking extra precautions to disinfect all surfaces.

The Centers for Disease Control and Marion County Health Department also recommend the following:

  • Avoid close contact including handshakes, high-fives, etc. with fellow event attendees.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Volunteers are encouraged to bring disposable wipes or personal hand sanitizers for their own use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

As conditions change, we will keep everyone informed via our website www.athenaeumfoundation.org and social media channels.