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Kid Time closing as precaution against COVID-19

Kid Time Children’s Museum has closed until further notice as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, facility officials announced Friday.

The Medford facility’s Learning Loft Preschool program will remain open for now. The announcement comes a day after Gov. Kate Brown instituted various mandates statewide as a means to slow the spread of the virus, including the month-long cancellation of events that host more than 250 people and a two-week closure of all Oregon K-12 schools.

“I assumed it was going to happen. It happened a lot faster than I thought it would,” said Kid Time Executive Director Sunny Spicer. “On Monday, I didn’t think I’d be doing this today.”

In recent weeks, the facility has purchased new cleaning supplies, increased the number of hand-sanitizer stations in the center, and enhanced hand-washing protocols. High-traffic areas such as the front desk see multiple daily cleanings. This week, the facility also removed a lot of its softer toys and costumes.

Kid Time is located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Sixth Street, but is due to move to the former Carnegie Library on West Main Street June 30. If the closure goes on too long, the current building may not reopen at all, with the reopening possibly at its news spot.

“Everything changes hour by hour,” Spicer said. “I don’t know what to anticipate. We can just try to do the best we can to all support each other here, and I think that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s a scary time, I think, for everybody. We want to be there to support families to the best of our ability, and we also don’t want to be a place that feeds the problem.”

Kid Time sees from 150 to 300 daily visitors, Spicer said.

Other recent Jackson County cancellations include Craterian Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows, a Jackson County Expo event, and winter high school sports tournament games. The Medford Kiwanis Easter egg hunt was canceled, as was the Rotary of Ashland Lithia Springs crab feed fundraiser. ACCESS Senior Fair was postponed until the end of April, the Southern Oregon Women’s March until October, and the Oregon Cheese Festival until mid-June.

The Pear Blossom Festival, scheduled for April 11, may also see a cancellation if the large-gathering mandate is extended.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

Jamie Lusch / Daily Tidings Lucianna Cardenaz, 4, and Bennett Cardenaz, 2, play at KidTime in Medford on Thursday.