After making plans to stay open earlier this week, reality caught up to the National Corvette Museum (NCM). Kentucky Governor Beshear ordered all entertainment and recreation businesses to close, and the NCM falls squarely in those categories.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, their families and our community,” said the NCM in a Facebook post. The decision was based on the government and CDC recommendations. They note there haven’t been any cases of Coronavirus at the museum.
NCM says their R8C Corvette Delivery program will go on as planned, however. With it, customers have the option of taking delivery of their Corvette at the museum. With it comes the expected photoshoots and celebration.
Museum staff will continue to work from behind the scenes. Future programs will be managed and customer service will stay active. Surprisingly, many renovations are continuing behind closed doors.
Best of all, the NCM is launching a virtual educational museum. Geared towards kids and families, NCM is live streaming educational videos on YouTube and Facebook. The streams will begin at 10:00 AM each weekday. This sounds like a great way for a quarantined car enthusiast to get their fix.
Finally, NCM is encouraging supporting the museum through the Coronavirus pandemic. Their online store has merchandise available for order. You can also donate or adopt a commemorative brick.
We aren’t surprised to see the National Corvette Museum shut down. The announcement that they would stay open earlier in the week went against most businesses. The NCM canceled all guided tours, go karting and postponed events.
While its unknown how long COVID-19 will keep the NCM closed, it will open along with most other closed businesses. Coronavirus is hurting the production, sales and entertainment sides of the car industry. Thankfully, fans can still check it out with the virtual tour live streams.
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Employees are not (yet) working from home. They are at the museum working.