Dustin M. Wax
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BURLESQUE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM CLOSES AGAIN AS COVID RATES SPIKE
The museum will re-open when Nevada reaches Phase III
July 6, 2020 – LAS VEGAS– The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF) will be closing its doors to the public again after reopening last month, effective as of July 7. Like most Nevada businesses, the museum closed temporarily in mid-March. They reopened on June 23 after museums were allowed to reopen at reduced capacity as part of Nevada’s Phase II. The museum reorganized its layout to provide for greater social distancing, adopted stringent new cleaning procedures, and required masks and handwashing or hand sanitizing of all visitors.
With cases climbing at an increasingly alarming rate in Nevada, many Nevada businesses failing to comply with the state’s masking requirements, and several cities and states placing Nevada on their quarantine lists, BHoF’s management and staff decided together that being open during Phase II is neither plausible nor responsible. Although the museum is reasonably confident of its ability to maintain the safety of its staff and guests, by being open as a cultural attraction in downtown Las Vegas, they cannot help but contribute to the wider spread of disease.
“As a museum, we have an obligation to serve our community and our society,” says BHoF’s Executive Director, Dustin M. Wax. “It is clear that encouraging people to engage in social activities right now, including visiting museums, is irresponsible and even actively harmful. We have an ethical commitment to being a good neighbor, and right now, being a good neighbor means not encouraging people to be out and about.”
The Burlesque Hall of Fame will remain closed until the start of Phase III is announced by Nevada authorities. While the museum’s doors will be closed, all staff will be working and will remain on the payroll. The museum will continue it’s #MuseumAtHome initiative, producing videos and other online content covering a wide range of topics related to burlesque history, available on its website at BurlesqueHall.com. They are also planning a month-long series of virtual events in August including showcases, classes, and social events, called the Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender (“VHoF” for short) – more information can be found at BHoFWeekend.com.
About the Burlesque Hall of Fame
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving, celebrating and inspiring the art of burlesque. BHoF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Burlesque Hall of Fame is a member of the Nevada Museum Association, Western Museums Association, American Alliance of Museums, and holds a Bronze certificate in Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations from the American Association of State and Local History.