While many venues are closing their doors to the public during the Coronavirus epidemic, the National Corvette Museum will soldier on. The NCM released a statement on Facebook, saying the museum will stay open, with changes.
First, guided tours will end March 17, expect for private VIP tours. The only way to visit is to go through it on your own. Museum guests are encouraged to go at their own pace and maintain appropriate distances from others. As per many state guidelines on restaurants (including Kentucky), the Corvette Cafe will close to dine-in customers. Take out, however, is still available. In addition, the NCM Kartplex go karting will close due to the shared helmets.
Next, the National Corvette Museum will postpone or cancel a number of upcoming events. Car shows in which the NCM participates in up to April 16 have been canceled. There is no word on rescheduling, but that is down to the car show organizers. Most importantly, NCM has rescheduled the annual Michelin NCM Bash to May 28-30. This event features Corvette engineer presentations, book signing, and apparel sales.
For staff members, NCM is taking further precautions. The museum has also suspended all non-essential staff trips for the next 8 weeks. Staff will undergo screening for Coronavirus, and have extra time off. The expected social distancing is also in place for workers.
The National Corvette Museum is one of the highlight car museums in America, and considered a must see for worldwide Corvette enthusiasts. The museum has been open since 1994, with one notable exception. In January, 2014, a sinkhole opened, swallowing eight display cars. Now, there is a “Corvettes in the Cave” display to teach about this event. The NCM has since restored all of the damaged Corvettes. The museum now has 80 Corvettes on display.
The NCM is going against many other venues of its type by staying open. They are, however, taking the necessary precautions to protect their employees and visitors. If they got through a sinkhole that caused $3.2 million in repairs, they should be able to get through this.