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COVID-19 Safety Policy

Here at the Institute for American Indian Studies, we are thrilled to be exhibiting, engaging, and eliciting thought provoking dialogue with our guests about the 12,000 plus history of Indigenous peoples here in Connecticut – In person (6 feet apart)! Our exhibits are open, with some adjustments to some spaces to accommodate regulations. We are excited to finally bring our temporary exhibit Skug: Snakes of the Eastern Woodlands to the public for viewing.

We are reopening our Museum and facilities within the State’s outline of safety practices during this phase of the Covid-19 requirements. We have reviewed and will continue to follow the most recent requirements and will take all necessary steps to keep our visitors, staff and property as safe as possible.

  • Face Masks are required in the Museum or Wigwam Escape. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one.
  • Sanitizing and Handwashing is encouraged. Hand sanitizers will be available. Reminder signs will be posted in our buildings.
  • Staff members will conduct Temperature and Symptom checks – Guests with temperature above 99.9 degrees will be rechecked five minutes later; if above that limit again, will be asked to visit at a later date when they are healthy. We will encourage these people to contact their doctor.
  • Physical Distancing. Visiting groups should to the greatest extent possible stay more than 6 feet away from other guests when in the Museum. We have set a travel pattern in the Museum using the Templeton Points that are on the floor. Guests should start in the Quinnetukut Room [Limit 15]. Our Templeton Points will then guide you to our Longhouse [Limit 6] - only 1 group may be in this room at a time - follow the directions to enter on the left and then return on the other side. The “We are Still Here Room” [Limit 15] is open for you to explore where your interests take your group; again please stay more than 6 feet from other guests.
  • The Gift Shop is limited to 1 group at a time (Limit 6].
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting actions will be completed by our staff prior to opening as well as on a two-hour schedule and focus on doors and other frequent touch points. Bathrooms will also be addressed on the same schedule. We will maintain records of our completed tasks.
  • Staff and leadership will continue to review State and published updates as well as participate in continued training.