Coronavirus Status: A Message from Maymont

March 24, 2020

Many of our upcoming community events and programs do not fit within current guidelines set forth by the CDC and federal and state authorities. Therefore, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all of our organized public activities through May 10, 2020. This includes some of our most beloved community experiences: Spring Break programs, Dominion Energy Family Easter and Herbs Galore & More. The spring Beer & Wine Classic is postponed until plans can be made for a new date.

We look forward to offering new events and experiences for all to enjoy in the coming months. In the meantime, look for online activities and content to keep you and your family delighted and engaged while you’re home. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

March 14, 2020

Maymont Mansion is CLOSED March 15-30 to slow the spread of COVID-19. Maymont’s 100 acres of parkland remain open.

March 13, 2020

At this time, Maymont remains open, providing an oasis for relaxation, serenity, fresh air, open spaces and natural beauty. There is plenty of room to find a peaceful spot for solitude and reflection.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on our community, some events, programs and tours may be postponed or canceled to support the well-being of our community, volunteers and staff. Please check our website regularly for the most current information.

During this outbreak, we are monitoring the spread of the virus in Virginia and throughout the country and heeding guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as officials from the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We’re staying in touch with other museums and attractions in the Richmond Region and industry associations like the American Association of Museums (AAM), Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and American Public Gardens Association (APGA) to make sure we’re aware of the recommended precautions.

In addition to normal cleaning practices, the following measures have been put in place to contain potential spread of the virus within our public and work spaces:

  • High grade disinfectants, paper towels, gloves and other personal protection equipment are being used for cleaning.
  • Additional disinfectant measures are being used for thorough cleaning of common spaces, public restrooms and work areas. The cleaning of these areas increases during busy times.
  • Special cleaning protocols are in place for the Maymont Mansion to ensure proper disinfection of historical treasures.
  • Maymont staff and volunteers are instructed to stay home if they feel ill and to seek medical attention when necessary.

For those who have concerns for the Maymont animal family as well as our human community, the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) state that there is little evidence that companion animals can be infected by the coronavirus. There is no evidence that dogs and cats can be a source of infection to other animals or to humans, and farm animals also are deemed safe. According to Dr. Kelly Gottschalk, D.V.M., Immediate Past President of Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), animals that pose high risks are primates and bats. We are closely monitoring all scientific and health organizations and agencies to make sure that we have a full understanding of the most recent developments so that we are taking the appropriate actions. In working closely with animals on a daily basis, it has always been our practice to prevent or minimize the risks of transmission of zoonotic diseases and cross contamination. Such practices include the disinfection of tools and equipment, quarantine protocols for new animals or those animals with known infections, and, most importantly, thoroughly washing hands after handling or being in contact with animals.

We are committed to responding quickly to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19 and providing a place where you can take a deep breath and enjoy quiet moments of delight and inspiration.

Wishing you and your family good health and peace of mind in the days to come.

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