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

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

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A worker hands a nasal swab to a driver at a drive-up COVID-19 testing website in Denver on Jan. 13.

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

A Denver childrens museum has actually briefly closed after customers directed anger at personnel over its mask policy. “We know the stress of the last 2 years has actually taken a toll on everyone in our community, but regrettably, 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 stated in a message on its site. The museum remains closed through Feb. 4.

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

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

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