The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has hit the auto industry from top to bottom, with production halted and employees instructed to work from home if possible. Now, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has announced that it will be shutting its doors to the general public for the immediate future.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, their families and our community,” reads a post on the National Corvette Museum Facebook page. “While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 at the Museum or in our community, the decision is based on guidelines from the CDC and the public health officials attempting to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
“We will continue to monitor guidance from local, state and national officials and will announce a reopen date once it is known,” the post adds.
The National Corvette Museum officially closed at 5 PM Wednesday, March 18th. The Museum says that the closure will not affect the R8C Museum Delivery program for new Chevrolet Corvette owners picking up their cars, although a suspension of North American GM production was recently announced through the end of March.
What’s more, museum-hosted events in March, April, and early May have either been rescheduled or postponed. However, museum administration will continue to work “behind the scenes” to facilitate customer service, as well as renovations to the Performance & Racing Gallery, Design & Engineering Gallery, and new Entombed Corvette display.
“Please consider supporting the Museum through the purchase of tax-deductible memberships, corvettestore.com merchandise, Corvette raffle tickets, commemorative bricks, admission tickets for a future visit or any of the many other fundraising programs offered at corvettemuseum.org,” the post outlines.