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San Diego museums, zoos and aquariums could close Monday if COVID-19 cases continue to surge

Balboa Park Prado Building
Posted at 8:34 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 09:28:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County announced Wednesday if the county continues to hit state triggers with the spread of the coronavirus, museums, zoos and aquariums could be on the long list of closures Monday.

The measures apply to any indoor activities.

Balboa Park just reopened the Air and Space Museum two weeks ago, after everything closed down in March due to the pandemic.

"We want to make sure people come back to the park, it is the cultural heart of San Diego," Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Peter Comiskey said.

Comiskey said this weekend more of our favorite museums are set to open.

Friday the Science Center, the Veterans Museum, the Natural History Museum and the International Gift Shop are set to reopen, with three more museums opening Saturday July 4.

The possibility those openings could be short-lived is something Comiskey says they're ready for.

"We're certainly hoping all the people of San Diego County are really able to pull together and make sure the infection rate and the case load and all these lovely metrics, these important metrics can be contained and can be controlled," he said hopefully.

Comiskey said if they have to close Monday after putting so many precautions and time in to ensure the park is safe, they will.

Looking to the future, he said they're brainstorming how to bring in money to help these cherished icons survive.

"I think as time goes on we need to look at what fund-raising is possible, I think we need to look with those organizations that rely on revenue through the gate." He said they will have conversations in the near future on supplementing the organizations' lost income.