Editor’s Note: this message was provided by the Channel Islands Maritime Museum on March 23, 2020.
The safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. As a preemptive measure to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, we have made the joint decision to temporarily discontinue public admissions to our exhibit halls and suspend public programming and events until further notice.
There have not been any reported cases of infection or exposure at our institution, but we are compelled to follow the science and the best practices for social distancing as outlined by government agencies and the World Health Organization to ensure the well-being of our community. We will continue to work with local and state health officials and one another to coordinate our efforts.
Reopening will only occur when the risk to public health has declined. While our Museum will remain closed to the public, essential staff will continue to work both on and off-site, maintaining best practices such as social distancing, personal hygiene recommendations and cleaning and disinfecting both public and behind-the-scenes spaces.
We believe this is a time to act boldly and decisively.
Status of Events:
1) Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) Art Exhibit will be hung and offered as a virtual experience April 1-30
2) OUHSD Reception and Awards Ceremony is canceled April 1 and rescheduled to May 1 at 5:30 p.m.
3) OUHSD People Choice Award will be voted on in a virtual format (TBD)
4) Museum Week April 13-19 will be postponed
5) 50th Anniversary of La Jenelle Reception on April 13 is canceled
6) Speaker Series April 15, Keri Dearborn to be rescheduled to a later date TBD
7) All School Field Trips through May 1 have been canceled
8) Maritime Tea Time May 16 will be postponed TBD
9) New Exhibit: Shore Lore: How Prohibition Changed Ventura County May 14-July 27 will continue but the reception will be postponed to May 28 @5:30 pm
10) Speaker Series May 20, Leslie Compton will go on as planned at this point