National Health & Public Safety History Museum in Dublin, Texas will remain closed two additional weeks
APRIL 27, 2020 DUBLIN, TX
The National Health & Public Safety History Museum in Dublin, Texas is looking forward to re-opening its doors, however, it will not be as early as some might hope according to the museum’s board of directors and advisors.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday that many Texas businesses, including museums and libraries, will be allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity across the state starting May 1. Abbott's stay-at-home order will expire on April 30 and will not be extended.
“We have been looking forward to re-opening,” said the history museum’s curator Jonathon Weiss. “We feel like we were never open to begin with since the shut-down of the country literally began the day before our official grand opening.”
While the news of the openings hit the air, the staff at the museum was working on improvements to the museum. According to Weiss, new additions, rooms and exhibits have been added during the last 6 weeks, but the decision as to when to open the doors has been a difficult one.
“While Phase 1 of the Governor’s plan is a welcome sight and we are rejoicing for our neighboring businesses, we feel that in order to open in good conscience, we will be waiting until May 15,” stated Weiss. “With a large pandemic history exhibit within our own halls, we are not questioning the wisdom of the Governor’s decision, but are rather choosing to be over-cautious and planning our re-opening for closer to the roll-out of the State’s Phase 2 which is relying on two additional weeks of data to ensure there are no spikes in cases. Historically it makes sense to us to wait the additional two weeks.”
Improvements have been made throughout the museum since its temporary shut-down that started in mid-March including the addition of a 1950’s bomb shelter, an expanded pandemic exhibit and additional pieces throughout the museum. 6 foot distancing decals have been placed throughout the museum and arrangements have been made to have the building regularly disinfected and sanitized professionally. As for re-scheduling the Grand Opening of the museum, there has been no date selected.