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CHICO, Calif. – The Chico Children’s Museum reopened Wednesday after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Museum Board President, Ashley Smith said community support is what kept the museum afloat while it closed.
"We are a nonprofit so this time being closed has been challenging for us, that's why we are really excited to open up our door," Smith said. "The museum runs on donations and our members and people coming in and visiting the museum so it's really really important to hopefully get everyone through the doors as soon as we can."
The museum has new safety guidelines in place. Masks must be worn to enter the museum and only one family is allowed in each exhibit at a time.
“We’re implementing time ticketing, so we’ve reduced by a third the museum capacity that we are allowing through our doors," said Smith. "So you have to sign up online for your time slot.”
Action News Now spoke to Emmeline Hawley, a local parent who brought her kids to the museum on opening day.
"We jumped at the opportunity to get the kids back in here," Hawley said. "This is a huge asset to our community and my kids are right at those prime ages to enjoy it."
The museum is limiting the number of people allowed in the building to 25. The museum also announced Wednesday they sold out all their time slots. Click Here for more information on time slots and hours.