Dear Museum volunteers, friends and family,
Effective immediately, the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center will be temporarily closed until at least April 6, 2020.
We need not a time to panic, but it is a time to be prudent and responsible, especially because the most vulnerable amoung us, our valued Museum senior volunteers are very much at risk.
We are taking this unprecedented action to help slow the continuing spread of novel coronavirus in our regional area. The museum has had larger groups during the last few weeks and upcoming groups on the schedule that visit from all over the Northwest and we feel it is in the public’s best interest to temporarily close.
Spokane County health authorities announced confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spokane County, and Idaho now has confirmed cases in the State of Idaho. Not knowing where visitors are coming from, including guests from potential hot spots, we have chosen to protect our guests, staffers and museum volunteers.
We know this temporary extended closure will be an inconvenience for many groups who are on the museums schedule and may have an impact on our community. We will be working with all the groups currently on the museums calendar to get them rescheduled for later in the Spring/early Summer. The Museum will continue to schedule groups starting with May dates continuing into the summer.
The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center has stayed in contact with Panhandle Health District and will continue to throughout this temporary closure. The decision was based on guidelines and recommendations from Panhandle Health District, CDC and White House recommendations. We now believe it is necessary to enact this temporary closure, and Panhandle Health District is in support of our decision due to larger groups and not knowing where visitors are coming from.
Please stay up to date with Museum information on the museum Facebook page and website as we will keep the info as current as possible.
We might be overly cautious on this, but we would rather be on the side of caution and protect those who are most at risk.
Should you have any questions, please contact Rachel@birdaviationmuseum.com or feel free to leave a message on the museums voicemail, 208-758-8355 and we will return your call as soon as possible.