Dear Valued Guest,
Due to increasing concern regarding the coronavirus, I want to address the specific situation at the Palm Springs Air Museum in order to keep our guests, docents, family members, and employees safe and well.
The definitive facts are not known at this time regarding the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. Coronaviruses generally cause the common cold, but this particular strain may be associated with increased mortality and now is of worldwide concern. The first patient cases have now been reported in the County. California has declared a state of emergency in order to mobilize funding and enhance control measures.
Everyone should endeavor to protect themselves by embracing the following common sense measures:
1. Refrain from hugging and handshaking. Greet people without bodily contact. Six feet social distance is recommended.
2. Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday, which should take the allotted amount of time). Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
3. If feeling unwell, monitor your temperature. Fever is the most commonly reported first symptom of the disease. Please stay home if you think you are getting sick.
4. Evaluate whether non-essential visitors and vendors should come to the facility.
5. Assess your vulnerability. If you have existing medical problems (especially pulmonary) or are immunocompromised, you may be at increased risk to contract the disease. If you have such issues, limiting contact with the general public is the safest course for now.
For more information, please do not rely on unverified internet searches, as they can sometimes turn up falsely frightening information. I recommend the following websites from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control:
Eisenhower Covid-19 Hotline 760-837-8988
Specifically, around the Facility we have already increased our regular disinfection of common surfaces using a hospital-grade disinfectant to a rotation each hour. In addition, the Museum has added hand sanitizer units throughout the facility, we have contracted with a professional service to disinfect the restrooms and all flat services daily after we close. We will also be closing the B-17 and the C-119 exhibits for walk through traffic until further notice The Museum is provisioned for two to three weeks – to support these measures. We have instructed employees regarding the same common-sense practices outlined above.
These disinfection measures demonstrate the deep interconnectedness of the world. As we await further information on the nature of this outbreak and its consequences, please be cautious about contact with the greater general public and please keep informed, as the next few weeks should provide more definitive information.
As always, it is important to take care of yourself and support your immune system. Eat and sleep well, and enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Palm Springs Air Museum