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District Hall Providence: Limited Operations & Our Response to COVID-19

Effective March 16, 2020, 11 AM EST

District Hall Providence at 225 Dyer Street is announcing that we are following the lead of our fellow open workspaces in the Greater Providence Area by closing our Public Lounge space(s) until further notice, effective immediately. Our private meeting and event spaces will still be available to rent, with restricted capacities and on a limited basis. 

The health and safety of our community is our utmost priority.  By closing our Public Lounges, we are seeking to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as novel Coronavirus. We pride ourselves on providing a free and open space for our visitors, as well as a resource for all.  We would like to emphasize that the decision to limit access was made with much careful thought and consideration for the well-being of not only our clients and visitors, but for our staff as well.

We have taken, and will continue to take, the necessary precautions to maintain a safe and clean environment. Our private conference rooms and event spaces remain available for rent should there be a need to conduct video/virtual meetings, as well as for small in-person meetings. These spaces can be booked here on our website.

At this time, we have no reports of COVID-19 related to our public space or private meeting rooms at District Hall Providence. If you have visited our space and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform the proper authorities so they can take the appropriate steps to inform our organization.

We will continue to monitor the situation with the state of Rhode Island and will update accordingly. We encourage you to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions. 

Thank you for your patience, compassion, and understanding during these concerning times.


Tuni Schartner 



District Hall Providence: Update on Public Lounge, Lounge Hours and More – Regarding COVID-19

Effective March 13, 2020, 4 PM EST

Dear District Hall Providence Community,

We want to provide you a direct update as we proceed during the current challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus. 

We have and will continue to take precautions to operate a safe, clean public Lounge as we monitor the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the Second Floor Lounge remains open to the public. We ask that you please enter through the first floor elevator and use the hand sanitizing station on your way to the second floor lounge. 

At this time, we have no reports of COVID-19 related to our public space at District Hall. If you have visited our space and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform the proper authorities and they can take the appropriate steps to inform our organization.

Changes While We Monitor COVID-19

Lounge Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bolt Coffee

The onsite coffee cart, Bolt, will be closed starting on Monday, 3/16/20. 

In light of Bolt being closed, we encourage you to bring your own outside coffee, tea, and other necessities to the Lounge as there are no other onsite options at this time.

Space Etiquette

If you are symptomatic of an illness, from the common cold to the flu, please refrain from coming to the workspace and Lounge. If you appear overtly ill, you may be asked to come back at a later time. This is all in the spirit of keeping everyone as healthy as we can. 

We will be encouraging social distancing and recommending that all guests in the Lounge sit two meters (6 feet) apart.  

District Hall Cleanliness Actions

Our goal is to help the entire District Hall community stay safe and healthy.  

  • District Hall will continue to be professionally cleaned each day.
  • We perform additional cleanings of common-area surfaces and high-traffic areas throughout the day.
  • We have installed foot pulls in the restrooms so you can open doors hands-free.
  • We have installed additional hand sanitizer dispensers.

Help Us Help You

Here are the things you can do to slow the spread of this disease:

  • If you have visited our space and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform the proper authorities and they can take the appropriate steps to inform our organization.
  • Take your temperature before coming to our space.
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days if you have symptoms / exposure risk. The symptoms to watch for are fever of 99.14+, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Go home if you develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day.
  • Wash your hands frequently and refrain from touching your face.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately.
  • Replace meetings and visits with video conferences and calls.
  • Spread out in our workspace to maintain social distancing.
  • Avoid shaking hands. 

Please know that these decisions have been made with measured and careful thought, as we look for ways to reduce as much risk as possible while still maintaining the integrity of our space.

We continue to monitor the situation with the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island and will update accordingly. 

We encourage you to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions. 

Thank you for your patience, compassion, and understanding during these concerning times.

The silver lining is that we are enjoying the pivot and making lemonade out of lemons…

If you weren’t able to attend last night, please join us at one of our new ‘Virtual Venture Cafe’ Thursday Gatherings and stay tuned for ‘Pop Up Virtual Venture Cafes’ also coming soon!  Register here for next week’s 3/19 Thursday Gathering.



Tuni Schartner

Executive Director – District Hall & Venture Cafe Providence


For Visitors to Venture Café New England Spaces and Programs, Mitigating Risks of COVID-19 Virus Spread

Effective March 4, 2020, 7 PM EST

As one of the largest and most frequent gatherings of the entrepreneurial/ innovation community in Rhode Island, Venture Café takes maintaining the health of the community we serve seriously.  We have been closely watching the spread of COVID-19 virus and the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of the global nature of our community, we have deemed it necessary to act with an abundance of caution as we host gatherings of the community. 

In order to help prevent the spread of the virus to our startups and small businesses and the people that support them,  the Venture Café Providence will not take place on Thursday, March 5, 2020.   Suspending our programming activity this week will allow our teams to properly plan our response to the spread of the COVID-9 virus.

It is our plan to replace our in-person programming that occurs each Thursday, with virtual Venture Café gatherings beginning March 12, 2020.  It is our intention to host virtual events temporarily. Please stay tuned for additional details on how you may participate in Virtual Venture Cafés.

We are working on a digital, online approach to include as part of our event format over the next few weeks.  This will be another experiment for Venture Café. Many of our fellow Venture Cafés around the world are also taking this step so we have lots of learning to build from. We look forward to working with you on this approach and refining it.

We will return to our classic in-person Café Night events at an appropriate time and will continue to post updates on social media. 

Thank you for your patience as we launch this virtual approach.   

Please check our event schedule for the latest updates to programming


For Visitors to Venture Café New England Spaces and Programs, Mitigating Risks of COVID-19 Virus Spread

Effective March 4, 2020

In reaction to the increasing spread of the coronavirus / COVID-19 virus, Venture Café New England is introducing precautions to limit the potential exposure of our community. Our locations, which include Venture Café Cambridge, District Hall Boston, Roxbury Innovation Center, District Hall Providence and Venture Café Providence, offer high attendance events that attract a large local and global attendance. Therefore, we have established guidelines that support a safe environment for networking.

The following guidelines apply to our spaces and programs:

  • Anyone who has traveled from countries in the last thirty (30) days currently considered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be Level 3 risk levels is being asked not to attend our programming due to the risks associated with the coronavirus. This includes any person who has engaged in airline transfers in countries that are classified as a Level 3 risk. The CDC currently designates the countries of China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran as Level 3 nations.
  • Out of an abundance of caution related to the risks associated with the coronavirus, anyone who has traveled from countries considered by the CDC to be Level 2 risk levels within the last fourteen (14) days should not attend our programming.  Tours, visits, and scheduled programming involving this segment of our community will be rescheduled or arranged via video. The CDC currently designates the country of Japan as a level 2 nation.
  • Anyone experiencing any symptoms related to a respiratory illness is being asked not to attend our programming until their symptoms have cleared.
  • Everyone should act prudently while attending our programming including:
    • Using soap and water as well as sanitary gel provided to keep hands clean.
    • Cough and sneeze in elbows or with a tissue that is then thrown in the trash.
    • Choose alternate greeting methods for the traditional handshake.

We appreciate your attention to keeping our community healthy.

We will update these guidelines as needed.

Venture Café New England Management


CDC Types of Notices

Warning Level 3 (Red)Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.

Alert Level 2 (Yellow)Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added or defines a specific at-risk population.

Watch Level 1 (Green)Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.

For complete details from the CDC, please visit