Coronavirus, layoffs spark Museum of Tolerance rumor. It is closing, but not forever
“It’s totally absurd, complete rumor,” said Michele Alkin, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance’s director of global communications. “We’ve never been busier.”
The museum is, however, closing temporarily due to coronavirus concerns until March 31. With no visitors, the Museum of Tolerance has laid off all part-time tour guides and two full-time ticket booth attendants.
“They’re temporary layoffs. We’re hoping they’ll be back,” Alkin said. “This is our busiest time of the year — the number of school groups coming through the museum has been enormous. We’re hoping to open as soon as it’s safe for our staff and visitors and volunteers, which is our biggest concern.”
Less than a day after announcing they’re still open for business, some major Los Angeles arts companies are closing because of the coronavirus.
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