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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

For the health and safety of PCNW staff, faculty, students, and lab users, all visitors to our facility and/or participating in an on-location course/field trip, must abide by the following protocols:

PCNW requires that students, faculty, staff and lab users provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to participate in courses, attend programs, and/or work in our facilities. To request a religious or medical exemption, please contact Individuals visiting PCNW on a temporary basis (i.e. to visit the gallery, attend a lecture) may present proof of a recent, negative COVID-19 test. Proof of vaccination/negative test can be presented to an appropriate PCNW staff member upon check-in for a course, event, or lab reservation.

Staff, faculty, students, and other visitors are asked to monitor their own health including taking their temperature at home (see the CDC website for information on COVID-19 symptoms: If any individual has a temperature of 100.4º or above they will not be permitted in PCNW facilities or to attend an on-location course/field trip, and must remain home until they can confirm that they are not infected.

Face masks must be worn at all times within the PCNW facilities and/or during on-location courses/field trips regardless of vaccination status. PCNW will provide disposable face masks for staff, faculty, students, and other visitors in the case they do not have their own.

All staff, faculty, students, and other visitors are required to wash their hands after using the restroom and kitchen area, touching their face, and visiting other shared spaces, and are encouraged to wash hands often. PCNW has multiple locations with abundant soap and running water throughout our facility, however, in the event that soap and running water are unavailable (including for on-location courses/field trips) alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be readily available.

All staff, faculty, students, and other visitors must abide by the physical distancing measures PCNW has implemented throughout our facilities and for on-location courses/field trips. These measures include:
Demarcating appropriate distancing using tape and signage throughout classrooms and labs; individuals are asked to be mindful of distancing in classrooms as well as during on-location courses/field trips, and only use workstations indicated as open for use in labs.
Limiting the number of individuals who may be in a given space at one time. Reservations to access the facilities are required, no walk-ins will be permitted.
Signs directing the flow of traffic are present throughout common areas in the facilities; individuals are asked to follow these signs and not to gather.

PCNW is required to keep record of visitors to our facilities, including name, phone number, and e-mail address. Please know that this information is strictly for health and safety purposes in the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Individual(s) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are asked to inform PCNW staff so that we may notify the local health department as well as inform our community members who may have been in direct contact with the individual and/or indirect contact by visiting PCNW around the same timeframe. We will maintain confidentiality of infected individuals as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to PCNW until they are able to prove they are healthy.

Refusal to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, to wear a mask onsite at PCNW or when attending an on-location course/field trip, or to abide by any other posted safety and sanitary protocols will result in the individual being sent home.

If you have any questions regarding these protocols or the other steps PCNW is taking to ensure the health and safety of our community as we resume in-person activities, please contact us at or 206.720.7222 x0.