Richmond Cultural Institutions Share Joint Reopening Statement as COVID-19 Restrictions are Lifted
Richmond, Va., June 10, 2020--Richmond area cultural institutions, including museums, attractions, and other sites, have released a joint statement as Virginia continues to lift additional COVID-19 restrictions.
The statement, endorsed by 20 cultural institutions in the area, reflects a set of shared values and provides staff, volunteers, and members of the public with a unified response during this challenging moment. Included is a list of shared protocols and safety measures to give visitors a clearer idea of what to expect in the coming weeks and months.
The joint statement reads:
As our Commonwealth enters into Phase 2 and our city prepares to, we want to assure all attendees that we are committed to providing everyone with safe, secure, and supportive access to our facilities. In the midst of a pandemic and a region-wide reassessment of our fraught racial history, we believe our cultural resources play an important role during these uncertain times. While we anticipate most sites will open in some capacity by early July*, we will continue to use these shared principles and the facts on the ground to ensure the best experience for our visitors.
Agecroft Hall and Gardens
The American Civil War Museum
The Black History Museum And Cultural Center of Virginia
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
Children's Museum of Richmond
Henricus Historical Park
The Institute for Contemporary Art
John Marshall House
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Library of Virginia
The Poe Museum
Science Museum of Virginia
St. John's Church Foundation
The Virginia Holocaust Museum
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Virginia Museum of History and Culture
The Wilton House Museum
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*Please note: While Governor Northam’s Executive Order 65 authorized museums to reopen to the public during Phase Two, it also included guidance that museums should remove or deactivate shared objects and interactive exhibits. Given the nature of the Science Museum of Virginia’s interactive exhibits, the Museum will remain closed to the public until the City of Richmond enters Phase Three. Full details are here: https://www.smv.org/visit/museum-closing-to-the-public.
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