This story was originally published on Nov. 12 and has been updated to reflect new developments.
Days after announcing it would reopen to the public on Nov. 27 after eight months of closure, new state-issued restrictions required the Oakland Museum of California to reverse course. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced 41 counties in the state are now in the most restrictive “purple” tier—including Alameda County.
OMCA’s reopening date is now up in the air. “OMCA staff and visitor safety remain a top priority and the Museum looks forward to welcoming the community back once it is determined safe to do so,” stated today’s press release.
Members would have gained entry to the museum as early as Nov. 20. Plans were in place to observe new safety protocols and manage capacity, with limited hours scheduled through the end of the year: Friday—Sunday, 11am–5pm. As with other recently reopened Bay Area museums, visitors would need to wear masks and reserve tickets for timed entry.