MISSOULA — The board of directors for A Carousel for Missoula has voted to close the Carousel and Dragon Hollow for 10 days, from March 16-25 as a precautionary measure for coronavirus (COVID-19).
“It was really difficult for the board to make this decision, knowing how much this community counts on us for entertainment, particularly during spring break.” says Executive Director Theresa Cox, “but it has always been our highest priority to take care of our visitors and our employees.".
Kimberly Roth, ACFM Board President adds, “Visitors of all ages come to the Carousel each day; they touch the same things and stand closely together in line. We cannot completely sanitize the Carousel between rides, much less keep the rest of the building and Dragon Hollow equipment clean.
The Carousel board and staff appreciate the community’s support, and regret the inconvenience this decision will cause for many families who rely on the Carousel and Dragon Hollow for affordable entertainment. The board will monitor conditions and issue further statements as decisions are made.
The Carousel has also postponed the annual Ride-a-Thon fundraiser until the situation improves. Donations to offset expenses associated with keeping people safe are welcome at www.carouselformissoula.com/donate or by sending a check made out to ACFM to PO Box 3345, Missoula, MT 59806.