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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum To Reopen Thursday, Requiring Masks For All Visitors

The museum still will require social distancing and masks, particularly to protect children who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reopens Thursday.
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LINCOLN PARK — The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will welcome back visitors this week in Lincoln Park after its prolonged pandemic-related closure.

The museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday for now. It will open seven days a week beginning Sept. 7.

The museum will reopen with reduced capacity, and people will be required to follow common COVID-19 safety procedures, like social distancing and wearing masks — even if they are vaccinated.

Masks will be provided for people who do not have them and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum, according to the website.

“We are aware that much of our primary audience remains unvaccinated,” museum officials said in an online statement, referring to children. “Therefore, we are asking our visitors, volunteers, and staff to adhere to common COVID-19 safety procedures when they are in our building to help keep our most vulnerable guests safe.”

The museum closed in March 2020 as the pandemic hit Chicago. More than one-third of staffers were furloughed last summer, according to the Tribune.

“Our decision to close our building and now to reopen were informed by science, and we will continue to follow the science throughout the pandemic,” the statement said.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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