Whitaker Center is currently CLOSED due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19. We will reopen soon! Read More »
Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Health & Safety

It is a top priority to keep our Center a safe and healthy space and to protect the well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers! Therefore, in response to recent circumstances, we have made the decision to temporarily close.

For more than twenty years, it has been the mission of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts to open our doors, welcome guests of all ages and serve as the center for scientific, artistic, cultural, and educational activities to enhance the region’s quality of life and economic vitality. Beyond our mission, however, we also have a responsibility to take appropriate measures to protect the health of our guests, families, staff, volunteers, faculty, and community. For this reason and in response to the recent events, we have decided it is prudent to temporarily close to the public.  

We always follow CDC guidelines to proactively protect our visitors and have taken the following precautionary measures:

  • Advanced cleaning methods and increased frequency and level of cleaning and disinfecting in all areas of the center, including additional wipe downs of all exhibits, handrails, benches, door handles, toys, and other surfaces contacted by the public.  All cleaning protocols throughout the entire facility are CDC-approved and we use hospital-grade disinfectants.
  • Increased supply of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Center.
  • Frequent communication and education on preventing infection spread - both in the Center and through our digital channels.

The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical care
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and wash your hands after

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