COVID-19 case spike forces Red Oak Victory to nix reopening again

Red Oak Victory to reopen Independence Day
The Red Oak Victory is docked at 1337 Canal Blvd. in Richmond. (Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau)

The Red Oak Victory’s plan to reopen Saturday has been cancelled after the state moved Contra Costa County back into the “purple” tier for new COVID-19 cases.

The purple tier requires a number of new restrictions on activities, including an order that museums operate outdoors only.

This is the second time the Red Oak Victory has had to cancel reopening plans. In July, a spike in COVID cases prompted public health officials to tighten restrictions, forcing the Red Oak Victory to cancel plans to reopen on Independence Day.

“Once again, we are closed indefinitely with no reopening date scheduled,” officials said.

The museum is appealing to supporters for contributions to keep the floating museum financially above water. There are options to fund the ship for a half-day at $125, full day at $250, a week at $1,000 and really any amount is welcome.

Supporters can also help the ship by shopping at its new online store, where “you’ll find all sorts of Red Oak Victory swag — clothing, hats, books and souvenirs.”

“We don’t have to tell you how important the Red Oak Victory is to the history of Richmond and to the Bay Area as a whole,” officials said, adding, “But most of all we hope all of you stay safe until we can all be on board again!”