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COVID-19 Advisory

Updated, March 19, 2020:

The Briscoe Center for American History is temporarily closed to visitors thru May 1, 2020, along with all other departments and units at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, appointments, events and programs that were scheduled to occur at the center during the spring semester have been cancelled. This policy applies to the center's exhibit spaces, classrooms, reading room, public services and off campus divisions, which include the Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde, the Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham and Winedale in Round Top. Our staff are working remotely and continue to monitor online queries and requests. Updates to this policy will be posted on this page.

The Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit of the University of Texas at Austin. Staff at the Briscoe Center are monitoring and following instructions from the university's leadership, who in turn are developing policies and procedures in regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In response, the university has created the following information page,, to keep visitors informed of current policies and procedures.

Best practices include but are not limited to the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve—not your hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Use a verbal greeting instead.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • When using a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately after use.
  • Don't eat, drink, or smoke after others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to countries/regions with travel advisories/restrictions.

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The safety and health of the UT community is the university's highest priority. The university is following guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Austin Public Health and coordinating with other local public health officials to gather the most up-to-date information and share it with the community.

As the situation continues to evolve, university leaders are working to address the many different types of questions. If you have a query that you feel is not already addressed on the university's information page ( you can also submit it at this page.

Staff at the Briscoe Center will continue to work collaboratively with campus partners to protect the welfare of the entire UT community. We join the university in urging students, employees, and visitors to be proactive in guarding their own well-being.