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ScienceWorks to close until mid-April as COVID-19 precaution

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum will close until April 14 as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ashland nonprofit museum made a short announcement Tuesday on its website and Facebook page.

The decision comes shortly after the museum's original decision to suspend special events, classes, meetings, and performances for 30 days. Despite those closures, museum officials had first made the decision to keep the facility open.

ScienceWorks officials could not be immediately reached for additional comment. On Monday, Gov. Kate Brown announced several new COVID-19 mitigation protocols for the state, including the statewide cancellation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people and the discouragement against gatherings of 10 or more.

ScienceWorks was in the midst of showcasing its special exhibition on the science of flight. It included special launchers for paper rockets and airplanes, a hover port, and flight simulator. The Lunar Lander landing simulator and NASA launch control console, both originally designed for the museum's previous Apollo exhibit, also remained on the floor.

The preschool program at the Kid Time Children's Museum in Medford also closed this week following the state's new social distancing mandates. Museum officials closed the main museum last week following Oregon's original social gathering limits, which banned events of 250 or more people.

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

FILE PHOTO: Jayden Jimenez, 10 Roosevelt Elementary, reacts to a puzzle at ScienceWorks in Ashland.