Well, it’s been a while since we posted any updates. Between web site application updates and security certificate improvements which caused us to be unable to make changes for a while, COVID-19 issues monopolizing our time, and other internal issues, we have not had the opportunity to update things. Over the next week, we will make a concerted effort to bring things back to a new normal with updated information and recurring updates on the status of the Museum.
As of this posting, here’s what we can tell you. The Museum has been closed for all public activities until June 10th by Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53, which placed temporary restrictions on restaurants, recreational, entertainment, gatherings, non-essential retail businesses, and closure of K-12 schools due to coronavirus (COVID-19). EO 53 states: “Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited, as further clarified in Executive Order 55.” In addition to other data, the order goes on to state: “Closure of all public access to recreational and entertainment businesses, effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020 as set forth below [which includes] theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers. But, although we could open early, the restriction of no more than 10 people still applies until June.
For the continued safety of our members and visitors, we are currently viewing the May 14th date as possibly premature in reopening any portion of our museum exhibits, Gift Shop, or weekly, monthly, or special events. However, based upon guidance from the Governor’s office and an assessment of the level of safety as determined by our Board of Directors, we may adjust our opening date to a date earlier than June 10th.
So, what does that mean for our members? Yes. You can park in out parking lot if you want to take a walk though Yorktown just to get out of the house or to get some much-needed exercise. Yes. you can enjoy our private beach — as long as your family grouping does not exceed 10 people and you maintain required social distancing from all other visitors. Yes. You can fish off our private pier — as long as your family grouping does not exceed 10 people and you maintain required social distancing from all other visitors AND you have a valid fishing license.
Soon, this will all be behind us. We can’t wait for that day. We have a fun-packed year of family activities ahead of us! STAY SAFE, until then…