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COVID-19 Update from CBMM

UPDATED: 5/29/20

CBMM Reopening Soon

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will extend its closure to the public, on a 24-hour basis, through Monday, June 15. CBMM’s Members Only Marina also remains closed. Although our closure has been extended, we will soon be open and look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus. In the days to come, CBMM will phase in reopening as restrictions are lifted by the State of Maryland. Please visit CBMM.org for the quickest access to updates.

All current memberships will be credited with additional time to make up for the time CBMM has been closed. For more information about membership, please go to cbmm.org/membership or email druzicka@cbmm.org.


UPDATED: 5/7/20

CBMM to remain closed through May 31

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will extend its closure to the public, on a 24-hour basis, through Sunday, May 31. CBMM’s Members Only Marina also remains closed. We currently anticipate reopening Monday, June 1 — but this is subject to change as we continue to monitor this situation.

We are grateful to our members and look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus. All current memberships will be credited with additional time to make up for the time CBMM has been closed. For more information about membership, please go to cbmm.org/membership or email druzicka@cbmm.org.


UPDATED: 4/22/20

CBMM to remain closed through May 15

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will extend its closure to the public, on a 24-hour basis, through Friday, May 15. CBMM’s staff continue to work remotely, and we are monitoring COVID-19 and the Governor’s Office very closely to provide ongoing communication as the situation unfolds to determine when we plan to reopen. We currently anticipate reopening May 16 – but this is subject to change as we continue to monitor this situation. The most important thing all of us can do right now is to stay safe and follow CDC and state guidelines.

A banner at the top of CBMM.org labeled “Please click here for a COVID-19 update from CBMM” will provide the quickest access to updates. The Maryland Department of Health is providing state-wide updates as the situation develops.


UPDATED: 4/16/20

CBMM awarded loan through Paycheck Protection Program

As a CBMM family, we’re all going through a challenging time as we try to flatten the curve and slowdown the spread of COVID-19. The most important thing all of us can do right now to stay safe—and keep our families and communities safe—is to follow CDC and state guidelines.

I have been so impressed by the spirit of our staff during this difficult time. Even working remotely, the team is doing everything they possibly can to prepare for CBMM’s reopening, once it’s safe for all of us to return. And return we will.

Since our initial closure announcement on March 13 in response to COVID-19 concerns, CBMM’s Senior Management Team—along with the Executive Committee and Board of Governors—have done everything possible to mitigate the financial hardships we anticipate over the next several months. We have reduced expenses, halted most of our capital projects, and opened lines of credit—all while trying to preserve care of the collection, campus maintenance, employee salaries, retirement contributions, and health benefits during these extraordinary times.

I am very, very pleased to announce that CBMM has just received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) small business loan from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This loan will help keep CBMM’s entire staff employed through June 14, and it will not only help with salaries, benefits, and utilities, but also alleviate the lines of credit we have opened, to specifically keep the CBMM family together.

This staff has grown to be the strongest, most cohesive team in CBMM’s 55 years. To maintain our workforce of 59 FTEs during this time is significant, especially just after the most successful year in CBMM’s history. Keeping this CBMM family together is an example of our strong commitment to our valued employees, and the community. Our determination to protect the culture and the stories CBMM preserves during these unparalleled times represents the passion we have for the people of the Bay.

Although this is a positive step toward our financial recovery, it is important to recognize that the economic challenges presented by COVID-19 are not over for CBMM. Until a vaccine and proven treatments are established, CBMM will need to adjust to life with COVID-19—as will all of us—until these remedies are in place. Our goal is to reopen CBMM as soon as we possibly can, while anticipating less revenue from attendance, festivals, programming, and weddings during our prime season, due to the global economic impact from COVID-19.

Thank you to our donors and members who have provided their strong support. We greatly appreciate your continued assistance as we work together to make progress, knowing that you are also coping with the personal toll this has likely taken on both you and your families.

To our first responders, healthcare providers, pharmacists and essential workers, I thank you for all your efforts. My heart goes out to those who have been directly affected by this illness.

I believe we will get through this hardship together. Overcoming this moment in our lives is what will define all of us going forward.

– Kristen Greenaway, CBMM President


UPDATED: 3/23/20

CBMM to remain closed through April 30

We know many of you are all going through a challenging time as we try to flatten the curve and slow down the spread of COVID-19. The most important thing all of us can do right now is to stay safe and follow CDC guidelines. This is why we have now decided to remain closed to the public on a 24-hour basis, until Thursday, April 30. We will continue monitoring COVID-19 very closely and provide ongoing communication as the situation unfolds to determine when we plan to reopen.

Updated list of postponed and canceled events and programs:

  • 9th Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival – postponed
  • Homeschool Day (April 8) – canceled
  • Small Diesel Engine Maintenance & Repair (April 10) – postponed
  • Open Boatshop (April 11) – canceled
  • Oyster Pirates of the Chesapeake (April 23) – postponed
  • Delaware AFAD Workshops (April 25-26) – canceled
  • Boater’s Safety (April 25-26 and May 13-14) – canceled
  • Sunset Yoga Cruise (May 20) – postponed
  • Lighthouse Overnights – canceled (when possible will reschedule for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021)
  • Spring Rising Tide after-school sessions – canceled
  • Wednesday Night Racing Spectator cruise (June 3) – canceled

Rescheduled dates are yet to be determined. Refunds for tickets purchased for events and programs will be issued automatically by the end of April. If you do not receive one by then or have questions, please contact Laurel Seeman at lseeman@cbmm.org.

CBMM will continue monitoring COVID-19 very closely and will provide ongoing communication as the situation unfolds. A banner at the top of CBMM.org labeled “Please click here for a COVID-19 update from CBMM” will provide the quickest access to updates. The Maryland Department of Health is providing state-wide updates as the situation develops.


UPDATED: 3/13/20

CBMM to close in response to Coronavirus

After carefully reviewing the actions announced by the governor of Maryland and in the best interest of our guests, employees, and volunteers, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will temporarily close to the public on a 24-hour basis in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) beginning Saturday, March 14. CBMM anticipates reopening April 1, subject to further evaluation. CBMM will also postpone the 9th Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, due to an executive order announced by the state prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people.

“This is a public health decision, for our staff, volunteers, guests, and surrounding community,” said Kristen Greenaway, CBMM president. “Taking these preemptive measures will help prevent the spread of a virus which has been declared a global pandemic.”

As per the State of Maryland’s executive order, the 9th Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will be rescheduled once Maryland declares an end to the state of emergency and has proclaimed that COVID-19 does not present a catastrophic threat.

CBMM will also postpone the following public events originally scheduled within the March 14–31 timeframe:

  • Open Boatshop
  • Chart Navigation
  • Delaware Restoration AFAD Days

Rescheduled dates are yet to be determined. Those who have purchased admission in advance can contact Laurel Seeman at lseeman@cbmm.org for a refund.

CBMM will continue monitoring COVID-19 very closely and will provide ongoing communication as the situation unfolds. A banner at the top of CBMM.org labeled “Please click here for a COVID-19 update from CBMM” will provide the quickest access to updates. The Maryland Department of Health is providing state-wide updates as the situation develops.