Denver children’s museum closes temporarily after anger at its mask policy

An employee hands a nasal swab to a vehicle driver at a drive-up COVID-19 screening website in Denver on Jan. 13.

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An employee hands a nasal swab to a vehicle driver at a drive-up COVID-19 screening website in Denver on Jan. 13.

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The museum needs patrons to use masks within, in accordance with a local public health order. The museum needs all clients age 2 and older to use masks indoors, regardless of whether they have actually been vaccinated against COVID-19. Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the museum said it was not accepting medical exemptions, according to museum policies last updated on Jan. 13.

A Denver childrens museum has briefly closed after clients directed anger at personnel over its mask policy. “We understand the tension of the last 2 years has taken a toll on everyone in our neighborhood, but regrettably, some guests who object to the Museums mask policy have actually been inappropriately directing their anger toward our staff,” the Childrens Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus said in a message on its site. The museum remains closed through Feb. 4.

“We know the stress of the last two years has actually taken a toll on everyone in our community, however unfortunately, some guests who object to the Museums mask policy have been inappropriately directing their anger toward our personnel,” the Childrens Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus said in a message on its website. Due to increasing COVID-19 cases, the museum said it was not accepting medical exemptions, according to museum policies last updated on Jan. 13. Museum President and CEO Michael Yankovich told The Washington Post that the museum could not disclose details about the incidents that triggered the closure, but he called them “demoralizing” and stated they have become frequent and intense.

Museum President and CEO Michael Yankovich informed The Washington Post that the museum couldnt disclose details about the incidents that triggered the closure, however he called them “demoralizing” and stated they have actually become extreme and regular. This story initially appeared in the Morning Edition live blog.

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