Museum officers gave KHOU 11 Information a behind-the-scenes have a look at new measures inside the ability to maintain guests and their households secure and wholesome.
HOUSTON — The Houston Museum of Pure Science is slated to open its doorways on Friday for the primary time because it closed again on March 17 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re opening, safely, and that is what’s most fun,” mentioned Dr. Carolyn Sumners, curator and vice chairman of astronomy. “We discovered how you can do it,”
Sumners mentioned the museum is prepared and new measures are in place throughout the museum to maintain guests wholesome. They’re going to begin off working at 25 p.c capability.
“We will have 1,000 folks at a time as a result of we’re so large, and we will socially distance that many individuals,” mentioned Sumners.
In the event that they hit that threshold, ticket gross sales will cease till it is secure to let extra folks in. A lot of the museum can be open together with a brand new earth exhibit known as “Gaia.” However guests will discover some interactive favorites and theaters closed.
“Any corridor that folks would usually contact the place the corridor invitations you to open drawers and have a look at little issues, like our Cupboard of Curiosities, we will not open that but as a result of we do not know how you can hold it clear sufficient,” mentioned Sumners.
Guests older than 10 can be required to put on face masks.
Regardless of the modifications Sumners mentioned there’s nonetheless loads of alternatives for youths and households to study.
“Most of it you may eat together with your eyes and never your arms, in order that makes it a secure place to be,” mentioned Sumners.
There can be social distancing reminders all over the place together with sanitizer stations. The museum is routinely cleaned and disinfected all through the day and exhibit rooms will solely have a technique out and in.
“We’re working exhausting so no crowds construct up,” mentioned Sumners. “You are available one open house and miss one other open house. All employees put on masks. All of us get our temperature taken if we’re an worker. The remaining is as much as you.”
Sumners mentioned previously households would rush by the museum. Now, she’s encouraging of us to really take their time with their kids and take in each nook and cranny.
If you happen to plan to return out to the museum, they encourage you to buy your tickets in advance online, which is able to forestall traces from forming exterior and assist them implement social distancing much more.
“As a result of we’re large, as a result of we’re open, as a result of we’re ethereal, it is time to come to the Museum of Pure Science,” mentioned Sumners.
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