Leadership says Critical Measure to Secure Health and Safety of Staff, Patrons, and Community
Online Programming and Other 2021 Planned Initiatives to Continue
The Muhammad Ali Center announced today that it will close temporarily to the public beginning December 18, 2020, due to the surge in COVID-19 infections and the predictions by pandemic experts of the continued climb of the virus during the first quarter of 2021. This critical measure and proactive move was made by the Ali Center’s leadership out of concern for the health and safety of its staff, patrons, and the community. The Center will re-open when scientific evidence suggests it is safe to do so.
The Center believes that it is critical to do everything in its power to help mitigate the spread of the virus during this most recent and devastating COVID surge.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, “but by proactively getting ahead of what is predicted to be a really tough winter, we will know that we took the best course of action and do what we could to help keep our staff and community safe. We will continue to monitor developments and to follow the direction of health experts. The Ali Center looks forward to re-opening to the public in early 2021.”
During this temporary closure, some employees will be furloughed while an operational team of employees will continue to manage the day-to-day business of the Center.
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.