AVA Gallery and Art Center is open Tue-Fri 11am – 6pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm for in-person gallery viewing and art education classes. We welcome you to partake of all that AVA has to offer knowing we have your health, well-being, and comfort as our top priority.
AVA is working to reduce risk by requiring visitors to wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of physical distance between unrelated individuals or groups when indoors and 3 feet when outdoors in order to protect those who cannot wear a mask or get vaccinated. We also have health screening questions at the door; a building-wide cleaning schedule; and installed hand-sanitizer stations throughout the buildings. AVA will continue to monitor and abide by City of Lebanon guidelines. AVA reserves the right to ask visitors who do not follow these guidelines to leave the premises.
When not interacting with the public or in public spaces, employees, volunteers, and tenants do not have to wear a mask or social distance if they are fully vaccinated. Visitors, volunteers, artists, instructors, and staff who are in the public areas of the building or anyone who is not fully vaccinated must wear a mask, including when entering and leaving the building.
AVA will continue to require mask wearing in public spaces at all times, vaccinated or not, inside or out, and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between non-related individuals/groups while indoors and 3 feet while outdoors.
For Adult Classes and Community Programs, mask wearing and social distancing may be eliminated if everyone in the class or program is fully vaccinated and everyone is comfortable forgoing mask wearing and social distancing. To determine if everyone is in agreement and to avoid pressuring or singling out those who are not comfortable with forgoing masking and social distancing, a secret ballot vote should be taken as participants enter the classroom. If one person is uncomfortable without a mask or social distancing, or if not everyone is vaccinated, masking and social distancing is required. Instructors are to make sure a vote is taken for every class and must refrain from interjecting their opinion.
For Youth Classes and Community Programs, masking and social distancing is still required.
The City of Lebanon updated their mask ordinance on June 2, 2021: https://lebanonnh.gov/1405/Mask-Ordinance
Face Mask Regulations
- Employees of all businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and whenever they are within six feet of a customer or any co-worker who is not a member of the same household.
- Members of the public entering or queued to enter; remaining in or exiting from, any business, governmental or non-profit owned premises including without limitation any outdoor area where business of any sort is conducted, worksite, workplace, or government building, must wear a face covering, such as a fabric mask, scarf, or bandana over their nose and mouth. This requirement shall also apply to persons traveling on public transportation such as Advance Transit buses. Policies regarding face coverings in governmental buildings within the geographical boundaries of the City of Lebanon adopted by the governmental entity having jurisdiction over such buildings are hereby recognized by this ordinance and shall control in such buildings. Property owners shall have the authority to regulate the requirement to wear masks by any person, while on the premises of their property, by allowing persons to temporarily remove their masks while remaining on the premises when it is practical or becomes necessary to do so based upon the requirements of the services provided. In addition, building owners, operators, managers, lessees, employers, businesses and non-profit organizations, as appropriate, shall have the authority to waive masking and social distancing requirements for employees and volunteers who are known to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while within the workplace or building space managed by them, provided however that mask requirements shall not be waived for employees and volunteers who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown or who are interacting in person with members of the public. (As amended by City Council on 06/02/2021)
- Members of the public entering or queued to enter; remaining in or exiting from a restaurant or an establishment serving alcoholic beverages for the purpose of picking up food for take-out or any other purpose must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose. Members of the public dining indoors or outdoors at a restaurant may remove face-covering while seated at their table. Members of the public must wear a mask when entering, using, or leaving the restroom of a restaurant.
- Residents, visitors, and members of the public entering or present at a residential or commercial building complex of greater than two (2) units must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in common areas and communal spaces when social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members is not practiced.
- Members of the public utilizing the Mascoma Greenway, the Northern Rail Trail, sidewalks and other pedestrian public ways, or public recreational lands, are strongly encouraged but not required to wear a face-covering to the fullest extent practicable and especially when there is a high likelihood of coming into contact with others and social distancing of at least six feet may not be possible.
- As used herein “face covering” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes or exhalation air valves, that covers the nose, mouth, and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made or homemade and improvised from ordinary household materials.
- Notwithstanding the above, this order does not require children under 10 years of age to wear face-covering (parents should make their own judgment). Face covering is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age.
- A face covering is also not required to be worn by any person if said person can show a medical professional has advised that wearing a face-covering may pose a risk to said person for health-related reasons.
- Any person who violates this ordinance shall be subject to a fine for the first offense in the amount of $100, for a second offense or subsequent offense the fine shall be $250.
- A person may temporarily remove their mask when in a business if obtaining a service or product that requires verification of the person’s identity or age.