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Gananoque’s 1000 Islands Museum one of the first museums in region to reopen

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WATCH: Plenty of coronavirus protocols are in place as Gananoque's 1000 Islands Museums reopens.

It may be the first museum in our area to re-open. The 1000 Islands Museum in Gananoque is welcoming visitors — with COVID-19 restrictions, of course.

The Water Street facility has been back in business since last Friday, when Premier Doug Ford gave the green light..

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“I think the biggest challenge for us is being relevant in our community when we’ve had to be closed,” said Joanne van Dreumel, the museum’s executive director. “So as of mid-March we had to close our doors to the public.

“We are a year-round museum, so not being opened to the public has been a challenge to us.”

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Now that the doors are open, van Dreumel says the pandemic means a whole different set of rules.

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“The health and safety of our staff and our visitors are priority one for us,” she said.

“We know that this is a very serious disease and we are absolutely doing our best, following all protocols to ensure people that come here are going to be safe and healthy.”

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And that means precautions have been put in place, including directional arrows, hand sanitizing stations, a limit on the number of visitors and the use of mandatory face coverings.

Van Dreumel says they’re offering the community a place to spend some time with their family.

“We take groups of up to five people; we’re limiting our access to 10 people,” she said. “We’ll see how things go through the initial stages — perhaps we can open up to more people later on, but that’s where we’re at right now.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 until 4.

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