UMaine Hutchinson Center temporarily postpones all events through April 5

Belfast, Maine — The UMaine Hutchinson Center announces that due to public health concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will be temporarily postponed through Sunday, April 5, effective Monday, March 16.


As of Sunday, March 15, seven Mainers have tested positive for the new coronavirus, while another five are presumed to have the virus.Though no cases of COVID-19 have been found in or directly around Waldo County as of March 15, 2020, the Hutchinson Center will implement measures to reduce the number of people who pass through the venue on a daily basis, prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the community.


Effective Monday, March 16, all events at the Hutchinson Center will be postponed through Sunday, April 5. This measure includes conferences, events, meetings, professional development programs and live classes.


The Hutchinson Center will remain open for students who need access to WiFi and would not be able to participate in their coursework otherwise as long as it remains safe to do so. Students who can access resources from home are encouraged to do so. After moving all live classes online, the University of Maine System has implemented several measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 disruptions. More information for students will be provided when these options are finalized.


People who are thinking about coming to the Hutchinson Center are asked to consider if they can access the resources they need (WiFi, course materials, computer, etc.) from home. Those who can access these resources from home are encouraged to. For those who have no other means of accessing WiFi and computers, the Hutchinson Center can be a resource. Given the unpredictability of the coronavirus situation, this is subject to change.


All faculty, staff and visitors to the Hutchinson Center are urged to take basic preventative measures to avoid exposure to or infection from the virus causing COVID-19 including practicing social distancing (avoiding large crowds, staying home if sick and avoiding close contact to other people) and to be aware of risk factors.


The Hutchinson Center will continue to monitor the situation and provide ongoing updates on their website. For more information or to reschedule, please contact the Hutchinson Center staff at 207.338.8000 or at hutchinsoncenter@maine.edu.

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