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COVID-19 Shutters Children’s Museum; Imperils Facility’s Future

OAKHURST — The board of directors of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra has made the decision to close the popular facility in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given the current health crisis in the world, and in an ongoing effort to curtail the possible spread of coronavirus between people, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra will close until further notice,” said a statement issued Thursday by museum officials.

If the closure extends into April, the financial impact to the museum could be “catastrophic,” the statement added.

Board President Jim Elliott has directed the board of directors to review “every possible option” to assure continued operation.

“Since the Museum is dependent on admission fees, closure for a sustained period will create insurmountable financial problems,” the statement said. “As a result, the board may reluctantly have to consider permanent closure. We will continue to monitor developments during these challenging times. Be assured, our priority is and will always be the community’s health and safety for families to enjoy the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.”

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