Seattle’s MoPOP to reopen after 6-month pandemic closure, with strict guidelines in place

The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle will reopen to the general public on Sept. 18 with new security measures in place, six months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MoPOP was based by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 to have a good time widespread tradition and music by means of memorabilia and rotating, interactive displays.

MoPOP lists numerous guidelines it should comply with in order to reopen, and in line with Washington state’s Part 2 reopening guidelines, together with limiting museum capability to 25% to promote social distancing, utilizing electrostatic sprayers in galleries and high-traffic areas, requiring face masks for workers and visitors, offering sanitized stylus pens for visitors to use with interactive components, and requiring tickets be bought in advance for a selected entry time.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification from the Washington Employment Safety Division on Aug. 21 mentioned that 32 staff had been laid off by the museum. MoPOP didn’t share any numbers on Wednesday about how many individuals had been let go or what number of are nonetheless employed, saying that contingent and short-term positions had been eradicated.

“These roles are meant to assist us ramp up staffing once we are at capability in regular operations and, sadly, we received’t be at ‘regular’ for a while,” Michael Cole-Schwartz, a MoPOP senior communications supervisor, instructed GeekWire. “Even with reopening on the horizon, we nonetheless have to contend with diminished capability, a pointy decline in tourism, and the lasting results of the worldwide financial downturn.”

The museum, close to the bottom of the House Needle, will likely be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Different establishments based by Allen and run by his Vulcan Inc. — the Cinerama movie show and Residing Computer systems: Museum + Labs, as an illustration — face uncertain futures due to the financial results of the pandemic and Vulcan’s determination, introduced in Might, to wind down Vulcan Arts + Leisure and Vulcan Productions.

MoPOP was not listed by Vulcan throughout that Might announcement as a result of it’s an unbiased 501(c)3 group that isn’t impacted by the choices.

“In instances like these, neighborhood is extra vital than ever,” MoPOP says in an announcement on its web site. “We wish you to know that we’re right here for you, and as we alter to new methods of residing and socializing, we hope to enable you to keep related to the world and one another by means of the facility of popular culture.”

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