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Muhammad Ali Center to Temporarily Close Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Critical Measure to Secure Safety and Health of Employees, Visitors, and the Community at Large; Interim Operations Plan in Place

The Muhammad Ali Center announced today that it will close temporarily in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Center takes seriously the health and safety of the global and local communities and its employees and will do everything in its power to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The Center will continue to monitor developments and information from public health experts, the city and state officials and regularly reassess a re-opening date.

“Closing the Muhammad Ali Center is the most compassionate thing we can do right now as this action will assist in protecting our staff, their families, and the general public from the spread of this very dangerous virus,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. “It is our responsibility to follow the direction of the health experts and limit physical contact to the greatest degree possible, which is the best way to slow the spread of the virus.”

During this closure period, there will be a temporary reduction in staff, with a plan that includes retaining a small team of operational employees who will manage day-to-day business, including fielding phone calls and emails. All on-site events will be cancelled or postponed. Any group tours or private events should be re-scheduled. The Ali Center’s online store will remain functional, although fulfillment of orders may be delayed.

As a non-profit 501c(3) charitable organization, the Ali Center will welcome continued donations for all those who support the mission of the organization. Visit www.alicenter.org.