In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak and with an abundance of caution, Falmouth Community Television is closing all member services and the facility is closed to the public until at least March 31, 2020.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has declared COVID-19 a state emergency and the state Board of Health has issued guidelines to minimize risk. We take the health of our staff and our members seriously and are implementing this closure in an effort to limit potential exposure for you and for us.
Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 there will be no classes, no member studio productions, no facility reservations, and no equipment check-out until at least March 31, 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will do our best to reschedule missed classes or refund class fees as necessary.
We will continue to monitor information about the COVID-19 outbreak and will evaluate the availability of our member services weekly. We will keep you up to date by email. If you have questions, please call us at 508-457-0800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the facility is closed, staff will continue to support government meetings and communications.
We will forward information about the COVID-19 outbreak as we receive it.
If you have programming to cablecast please email Tony@fctv.org and he will provide upload instructions.
This Month's Gallery Reception, scheduled for this Sunday at 3pm, has been cancelled.
This Month's Poetic License Open Mic Night, scheduled for Thursday the 26th at 7:00pm, has been cancelled.
Youth Producers is cancelled.
As new information is discovered, FCTV will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the safety of our community and all who visit and use our facility and pass along helpful, timely information as we receive it from reliable sources and experts.
Reliable Information Resources
Here are some of the sources we've been monitoring:
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Information Site
- The Latest COVID-19 Fact Sheet from the CDC (PDF)
- World Health Organization's Coronavirus Information Site
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 Site
- Johns Hopkins CSSE COVID-19 Interactive Case Map
- Cape Cod Healthcare's Coronavirus Resources
- Mass.Gov's Coronavirus Updates Site
Steps We're Taking At FCTV
As we monitor events surrounding the public health situation, we are and have been taking steps to ensure the safety and health of all who visit or utilize the Falmouth Community Media Center facilities and equipment.
- In order to help prevent the spread of illness to visitors or the public, FCTV has asked that any of our employees who are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of illness (including respiratory disease or fever), or has a family member who is ill, to stay home. Similar to the advice given to our employees, we ask that anyone who is not feeling well to refrain from visiting FCTV.
- For the safety of our community, we are canceling all workshops, youth producers, gallery receptions and other events where there is the potential for groups of people to congregate. We will be looking to local, state and federal officials for guidance.
- In accordance with guidance provided by the CDC, we are asking that anyone who has traveled to or from a Level 3 or Level 2 area, please avoid visiting FCTV for at least two weeks after returning to Cape Cod.
- Hand sanitizer is available for use at FCTV.
- Employees and visitors are urged to use effective, known methods for avoiding the spread of disease. These include: Washing hands for a minumum 20 seconds with soap and warm water when using rest rooms, before using FCTV equipment and computers, after coughing or sneezing or touching the eyes, nose or face; avoiding touching eyes, nose, or face; coughing or sneezing into a paper towel or tissue then immediately disposing of it.
- Surfaces, equipment, computers and peripherals are sanitized regularly to avoid the spread of germs.
- Our leadership team is monitoring this situation daily and we will adjust our plans as needed, providing you with all relevant updates.
Thank you for your support and helping to keep our facility illness-free.