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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

COVID-19

Community Help and Information - Updated 6.16.2020

4.14.2020 Update

The UCIMC building will now be closed until further notice and all events are cancelled.

The IMC Board has taken the following steps to adapt the work of the IMC to protecting public health. 

  • We encourage all working groups and committees to meet virtually. 
  • While our building is closed to the general public and we encourage all to comply with Governor Pritzker's shelter-in-place order, we recognize  that some of our working groups, tenants, and fiscally sponsored groups may have essential business in the building and we will continue to maintain and check the building regularly.
  • Since the start of the shelter-in-place order, we will no longer be sanitizing door knobs in the building. Tenants and keyholders must take their own precautions.
  • We will begin posting all IMC committee meetings to the calendar on our page with contact information for the organization in question. (Please email programdirector@ucimc.org if your organization has a meeting coming up)

 

Update for Working Groups, Committees & Tenants

While our building is closed to the general public and we encourage all to comply with Governor Pritzker's shelter-in-place order, we recognize that some of our working groups, tenants, and fiscally sponsored groups may have essential business that continues, including in the building. We will continue to answer phone messages and ensure the building receives essential maintenance. If you have not yet communicated your plan of operation during the coronavirus crisis, please email our Executive Director, Miriam Larson at miriam@ucimc.org. If you would like to send text to be included in our soon to be released IMC newsletter with any updates on your work, we would be happy to receive that as well.

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH AT THE IMC - March 13th, 2020 Update
(See below for event cancellations & updates)

March 13, 2020

Greetings IMC Community,

The Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center is actively tracking COVID-19 and its effect on our community, particularly all those who frequent our space, and our network of artists and media-makers. We are grateful to all of you who have shared proactive responses and imaginative suggestions for community support and mutual aid and we look forward to your continued contributions of ideas and energy.

We are committed to supporting community health and staying connected in a time of physical distance:

  • The UCIMC takes seriously the safety of our tenants and anyone using our building.
  • We ask that you wash your hands upon entering the building. There is a bathroom with a sink and soap by the stage.
  • We ask that you maintain a social distance of 3-6 feet from any other person, and greet each other with warmth, but without touching.
  • We will begin cleaning commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, and mice) every weekday for the foreseeable future. These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations.
  • We will be cancelling all in-person events where attendance is expected to be over 50 or where attendees are likely to include older community members, those who are immune-compromised, or other COVID-19-vulnerable populations. We will not be scheduling any new events in the next month. We will be reaching out to all hosts of events that are scheduled within the next month to assess risks and plan accordingly.
  • For in-person gatherings in the next month, we will be working to adapt to radio or video broadcast and will be working with those event hosts to do so. We will be re-assessing before the month is over. Please check our webpage and facebook page for event cancellations and updates.
  • We encourage all working groups and committees to consider online meeting options.
  • We will continue to host IMC office hours and open hours, as scheduled and as long as staff are healthy (at the moment, we only have one staff person).

If you are available to help with cleaning or in-person staffing of the IMC in the next month, please email miriam@ucimc.org.

 

Please check our calendar for IMC event cancellations and updates (Updated 3/14/2020)

If you are a host for an event, please send any updates to programdirector@ucimc.org. 

 

Working Group Updates:

Makerspace - Makerspace Urbana will not have open hours (Makerspace Urbana Website)

Books to Prisoners - Books to Prisoners will not have public volunteer hours and has cancelled the April Book Sale (Books to Prisoners Website

WRFU - The station is closed. Please send recorded shows or show proposals to wrfumanager@ucimc.org (WRFU Website)

If you are a host for an event, please send any updates to programdirector@ucimc.org.