HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Like many places this year, Infinity Science Center in Hancock County has struggled due to the reduced number of people visiting because of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, WLOX learned that the center will close its doors on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. That move is a temporary one, say board members, who hope to be back open after a few months.
According to Board President Mike McDaniel, the target reopening date for Infinity Science Center is April 2021.
As in the case with so many closings this year, Executive Director Jill Senn blames the coronavirus pandemic.
“Unfortunately the timing was terrible for us,” Senn told WLOX News.
The shutdown across the state from mid-March to June was detrimental to the Hancock County facility. That’s one of the busiest times for school field trips, the center’s “bread and butter.”
“If it [the shutdown] would have happened at any other time, it wouldn’t have affected us like this. Unfortunately, it happened at our peak time.”
Senn went on to say the number of visitors drastically dropped in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. People aren’t traveling I-10, flying into New Orleans or Gulfport, and so there just aren’t as many tourists coming in to visit Infinity.
One more loss for the center: The board made the difficult decision to make significant layoffs.