HLOM gets plan ready to open

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsAn exterior view of the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia. The Museum, which is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is working on a plan to reopen that will require masks, limit the number of people in the museum at one time, and other changes.

BATAVIA — Although the Holland Land Office Museum, 131 West Main St., likely won’t be opening until Phase 4, the museum has already implemented it’s re-opening strategy.

When the museum reopens, it will do so with limited admission and mandatory coronavirus protocols. Visitors will be required to wear masks and admission will be limited to no more than 10 at a time. It will also be a “no touch” or “low touch” experience for visitors.

“The museum will have a newly designed ‘one way’ floor plan with into and out of ‘pinch points’ in its floor layout,” Ryan Duffy, the museum’s executive director, said in a news release. “These measures are a work in progress and will obviously evolve as our nation continues to deal with this crisis. We ask for cooperation and understanding as we make this transition, as it will be a change for everyone.”

The museum also obtained the assistance of T&L Cleaning Services, a locally owned professional cleaning service to advise the museum on cleaning protocols. They have donated their services to the museum, Duffy said.

While some other organizations, such as the Richmond Memorial Library, have opened for limited service, Duffy doesn’t see the museum being able to open earlier.

“I am not expecting (to open earlier than Phase 4) because we fall pretty squarely into Phase 4,” he said. “I haven’t seen any other museums differ from that.”

Other libraries such as the Hoag Library in Albion, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina and the Woodward Memorial Library in Le Roy have yet to open and haven’t established any plans to do so, though they do offer curbside pick-up for books and other library materials.

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