Anti-mask anger forces Colorado children’s museum to close

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DENVER | A Colorado children’s museum is the latest casualty of harassment by people angry over mask mandates designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, for decades a popular downtown attraction primarily devoted to those age 8 and under, temporarily closed on Wednesday because of escalating harassment of staff by adult visitors angry over a mandate requiring anyone age 2 and older to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

“We know the stress of the last two years has taken a toll on everyone in our community, but regrettably some guests who object to the Museum’s mask policy have been inappropriately directing their anger toward our staff,” the museum said in a statement announcing the closure, which began Wednesday.

Its doors will stay closed until Feb. 4 to give staff members a break and to evaluate how the museum can respond to aggression by visitors in the future, the statement said.

“To our members and guests who respect our mask policy and cooperate with out staff, thank you. We are sorry that the unacceptable behavior of others means you cannot enjoy the Museum at this time.”

The closure was first reported by Denverite.

Museum President and CEO Michael Yankovich declined to elaborate on the incidents targeting staff. But in an emailed statement he said they have been “demoralizing and ever-increasing in their intensity and frequency.” He thanked supporters from around the country for rallying behind the museum’s workers.

The museum says it is following a city of Denver mask mandate requiring guests age 2 and older to wear masks without regard to vaccination status. Citing the high number of COVID-19 cases, it said it was not accepting medical exemptions for the time being.

Mask-wearing is optional when seated at tables inside the museum and in its outdoor park.

The museum offers hands-on, interactive exhibits for kids and their parents that include an art studio and a mock fire station. Annual attendance reached an all-time high of 611,000 before the pandemic but has since been about 84,000 because of capacity restrictions and reduced hours of operation, said Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Kimber Kuhl.

Across the country, anti-vaccine and anti-mask demonstrations and individual behavior often have taken scary and violent turns. Frequently the assailants are parents. Educators, medical professionals, private-sector workers and public figures have been vilified.

 

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3 months ago

Thanks idiots

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
3 months ago

It’s simple. Whenever you go to a venue, you follow the rules of the venue, whatever they may be, or else you don’t go. Do not go for the purpose of making a political point, and don’t ruin it for everyone else. That’s just, plain selfish.

Just how unreasonable can Brandon get?

Bones
Bones
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

gosh, please don’t put it that way, it’s like a challenge and they’re very competitive

J S
J S
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Brandon: “Hold my beer.”

Think and reflect.
Think and reflect.
3 months ago

I know I’m in the minority, and it’s excruciatingly frustrating to see people just happily go along with the covid security theater without a second though.

Yes, we live with the reality of a contagious virus. Yes, it’s easily overcome by the human immune system and “survived” by the high 99th percentile of healthy adults and children. It’s your business if you choose to get vaccinated, or not, or decide to wear a mask. It’s not your business what I choose to do because guess what, none of this security theater is doing a damn thing to “stop the spread”. Let’s not play the blame game either, and just consider for 1 second that money drives this “pandemic” and it’s associated fearmongering. And yes, I’ve had covid, and no I’m not scared. Quite frankly, I’m going about my business, and I will continue to do so.

Over the ignorance
Over the ignorance
3 months ago

Your lack of concern for others makes you a sociopath. Or just ignorant. Or both.