If you want to visit the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, you'll have to reserve tickets online for specific time slots, and you absolutely must wear a mask. Museum director Erik Neil was happy to announce the reopening of the museum after a 3-month closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are certainly troubled times in many ways and I think the museum can be a great space to think about things, maybe engage in some of those issues. We have a role to play and we want to play it,” Neil said. “We’re taking a lot of new measures, safety measures, and maybe one step at a time. But we’re very happy that we’re going to be open next week.”
The museum is set to operate at 25% of its usual capacity in order to maintain social distancing guidelines, and patrons over the age of 3 are required to wear a mask. Because the museum is well ventilated and spacious, Neil does not forsee any problems with social distancing.
"Even I think in a normal time, we’re fortunate that people don’t tend to crowd each other out," he said. "We’ve got a lot of great art, we’ve got a lot of big galleries, so from that standpoint, we’re really, just by nature, well-positioned.”