Kentucky's Corvette museum forced to shut its doors temporarily.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky is closed to the public as of Wednesday, owing to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. In a Facebook post, the museum noted that there were no known cases of the virus at the facility, nor were any cases reported in the local community.
But Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear this week issued an executive order mandating that all customer-facing businesses that could not abide by the CDC's "social distancing" guidelines temporarily close themselves to the public, effectively shuttering the state's entertainment industry. The National Corvette Museum notes that museum deliveries of the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will continue as planned despite the closure.
"Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, their families and our community," the National Corvette Museum said in its Facebook update. "We will continue to monitor guidance from local, state and national officials and will announce a reopen date once it is known."
Any events scheduled for the next couple of months have been postponed, the museum says, but the organization will keep busy while regular operation is suspended by working on a new educational video series. They'll be posting new live videos each weekday at 10am Central Time on Facebook and YouTube.
The travel, entertainment, and hospitality industries have been especially hard hit by the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, as across the US, states and municipalities issue orders aimed at slowing the spread of the virus by curbing large gatherings through the closure of schools, restaurants, and other spaces.
The factory that produces the Chevrolet Corvette - GM's Bowling Green Assembly Plant, just down the road from the National Corvette Museum - will also shutter temporarily due to fears over the spread of COVID-19. Wednesday, GM announced that it will systematically pause production at each of its US plants to clean and maintain distance between workers in order to help slow the virus's spread.