Boston Children's Museum Temporarily Closes As COVID-19 Cases Surge

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Children's Museum is voluntarily closing its doors until the New Year, as Massachusetts continues to see a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases.

"In response to the current resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and to ensure the continued wellbeing of its relatively small staff along with the continued safety of visitors during the holidays, Boston Children's Museum has announced the decision to voluntarily close to the public through January 7," the Museum said.

The museum's closure will go into effective beginning Monday, December 14th, and all advance ticket purchases affected by the temporary closure will be refunded.

"Since reopening in July, the Museum has been extremely safe for visitors and staff and has had no Museum-based COVID-19 transmission and takes this step as a precautionary measure," said Carole Charnow, the Museum's President & CEO. "While disheartening during this time when the Museum normally welcomes thousands of children to enjoy festive exhibits and programs, we are confident that this step is in the best interest of our staff and visitors."

Although it will be closing to the public, it will not be closing the building or shutting down Museum operations, as when it closed earlier this year.

"Museum business will continue with staff working remotely and some socially distanced in the building," the Museum said. "With the short-term closure, staff will be working on virtual programming, grant-based project work, and staying connected with the many community endeavors the Museum is a part of."

The Museum said it will update any changes to its plans on its website and social media channels.

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Written by Brit Smith

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