We are closely monitoring the day-to-day news and events surrounding Coronavirus (COVID19). The situation is rapidly changing and so may our response. The following is where we stand as of Friday, March 13.
While there are no suspected cases of the Coronavirus at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, our facility will be closed on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, and will reopen on our next regularly-scheduled business day, Tuesday, March 17, at 10am.
We will be using this time to thoroughly sterilize every surface, and will continue to implement additional precautions that include:
- disinfecting doorknobs, desktops, railings, light switches, exhibits, and other touch surfaces multiple times a day;
- repeatedly sanitizing restrooms and high-traffic areas every day;
- slightly increasing water temperatures in restrooms;
- placing visible supplies of hand sanitizer in the lobby area for use by all; and
- upgrading and increasing our stock of cleaning supplies, antibacterial soap, paper towels, and other materials, per CDC guidelines.
We will continue to work closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and other City agencies and partners for advice and best practices – including prohibiting people who exhibit symptoms of sickness from entering our facility, and encouraging all staff (and guests) to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly throughout the day.
To help prevent the spread of disease caused by Coronavirus (and other viruses), we ask that if visitors (adults and children) are exhibiting symptoms of fever, runny nose, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea, that you remain at home until all family members are symptom-free for 24 hours.
If your group has a scheduled visit, and cannot make your date, please let us know by calling 215-685-0721.
We also urge you to:
- visit Public Health’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page for the latest local information and resources;
- read the Philadelphia Water Department’s latest update about water quality and delivery of services; and
- visit our website or social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for specific updates pertaining to the Interpretive Center; and
- join our mailing list to be the first to get information on upcoming programs, events, and initiatives.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and we wish you the best as we all navigate in this current climate. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Interpretive Center very soon.
Fairmount Water Works Staff