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Museums prepare to reopen as Kern County moves into the Red Tier

Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 14:52:05-04

As Kern County moves into the Red Tier of California's reopening plan, museums are allowed to reopen their doors with some restrictions. 23ABC's Kristin Vartan has a look at what you can expect.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art has its opening plans down to a science. Executive Director Amy Smith said they had plans set in motion even before public health announced they could open their doors at 25 percent capacity.

"It's going to be wonderful for us to invite the public back, socially distanced of course, maintaining all of the health and safety protocols we need to do. Masks will be required. Social distancing. We have sanitizer by the gallons, so not a problem," said Smith.

The BMOA does plan to welcome visitors indoors the week of October 26th.

The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History confirmed via Instagram that they're excited to reopen soon as well.

While their Bakersfield Sound Exhibition won't be on display until January, the museum will be digging up their permanent collection archives, including work by Mary Osborne Cunningham.