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Perot Museum and Holocaust museum delay reopening plans in wake of governor’s new order

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases across Dallas County led the museums to the decision, they said Monday.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum issued a joint statement on Monday morning, announcing that they have “decided to pause plans to reopen in early July.”

In addition, both museums announced that they are “working in close coordination” with other downtown museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Museum of Asian Art and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza “to evaluate when we will reopen to the public.”

The announcement cites “the spike in COVID-19 cases in Dallas County and the rollback of the state’s phased reopening” instituted last week by Gov. Greg Abbott in the wake of a flood of new cases. Abbott’s order also closed bars entirely and lowered restaurant capacity to 50% after recently allowing them to reopen at 75% capacity.

This Sept. 11, 2019, file photo shows the then-new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.
This Sept. 11, 2019, file photo shows the then-new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.(Lynda M. Gonzalez / Staff Photographer)

Just last week, the Holocaust museum had announced it planned to reopen July 8. The Perot Museum marked its calendar for a July 9 reopening earlier this month. Both museums have been closed since March.

“Though we have created rigorous guidelines and best practices to ensure that we reopen the museums safely and protect our staff and visitors, we are part of a larger community,” the announcement reads. “We believe it is important to support Governor Abbott’s, Mayor Johnson’s and Judge Jenkins’ appeals for Texans to stay home, if at all possible, to be good community partners and neighbors. While museums are still allowed to be open at 50% capacity, we believe a temporary delay in reopening is the most appropriate demonstration of our shared responsibility.”

In Fort Worth, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Kimbell Art Museum reopened earlier this month. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth plans to reopen July 1.

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University will reopen July 7.

Michael Granberry, Arts Writer. Michael Granberry was born and grew up in Dallas. He graduated from Samuell High School in Pleasant Grove in 1970 and from Southern Methodist University in 1974. Between his junior and senior years, he interned at The Washington Post during "the Watergate summer" of 1973. He spent 19 years at the Los Angeles Times before returning to Dallas.

mgranberry@dallasnews.com @mgranberry
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