Message from BCM Executive Director

Friday, March 13, 2020

BCM Partners, Supporters, Fans, and Friends,

As you are aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be in the headlines nationally and across the globe. Please know that the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we wanted to provide you with information about the proactive planning efforts and actions that we are undertaking.

Key members from our staff are in regular communication with local health officials, as well as talking with our partners at Ballad Health and following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. Additionally, we are in close contact with colleagues from the Smithsonian and other cultural and state tourism organizations to receive real-time information on this rapidly evolving situation.

At this time, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will remain open and operate on a normal schedule; however, BCM has decided to postpone all additional events at the Museum through March 31, 2020. Decisions on events in April and beyond will be made as appropriate.

BCM has always taken cleanliness seriously at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with thorough regular cleanings of all areas and additional deep cleanings throughout the year. In recent weeks, we’ve implemented additional measures, including:

• BCM has added extra hand sanitizing opportunities for the public throughout the Museum
• BCM has also added several air purifying Lysol sprays throughout the Museum.
• Staff have increased the number of times each day to wipe down and clean touchscreens, headphones, banisters, elevators, interactive exhibits, and highly trafficked areas throughout the Museum.
• BCM has increased training and reinforcement for our rigorous sanitation standards.
• BCM is monitoring the number of events and large groups visiting the facility and may add additional deep cleanings by our third-party cleaning company as needed.

The Birthplace of Country Music believes the best approach to planning for the coronavirus is to be patient, positive, and proactive. We will stay in close contact with our local and state health officials to determine if additional cancellations of future events need to take place. Please continue to visit our website and Facebook page for updates on our events. If you have any questions about visiting us, please call 423-573-1927 or click here to send us a question.

Sincerely,

Leah Ross

Executive Director

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