Downtown Cincinnati art institutions the Contemporary Arts Center and Taft Museum of Art have decided to close their doors to the public starting Saturday, Dec. 12.
The joint decision comes after Gov. Mike DeWine's new Stay Safe Ohio protocols, announced Dec. 10.
"As Ohio continues to reach an exceedingly high number of COVID-19 cases, DeWine has requested that individuals stay home unless necessary," reads a release from the museums.
During the press conference announcing the protocols and the continuation of the statewide 10 p.m.-5 a.m. nightly curfew, the governor said:
"The next three weeks will really be the most important three weeks for all of us in this pandemic. We're heading into the biggest holiday season of the year, so much bigger than Thanksgiving; we're doing this while riding the biggest wave of COVID-19 that we've had so far. What each of us does in the next 21 days is really going to set us on the path — good or bad — for the next year."
In light of that, both the Taft and the CAC will "remain closed to the public until further guidance from health and government officials."
"We know our institutions are among the safest places in the Cincinnati region, and we are voluntarily and temporarily closing our doors to the public in the interest of broader community health outside our walls. We are pleased we had the chance to safely allow the community the chance to see and experience art in person, and we look forward for the chance to do so again," the museums say.