Arizona Science Center Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Updated May 22, 2020
A Letter From The Hazel A. Hare President and CEO.
Dear Arizona Science Center Community:
These last few months have been trying for all of us. I am extremely proud of the work my team at the Science Center has done to support families and communities through virtual and remote learning opportunities. At the same time, we know there is just no substitute for in-person engagement.
As we try to set a plan for what the next “normal” might be, it’s clear that resuming “business as usual” will be exceptionally difficult. We’re listening intently to community members — whether they are parents, educators or first responders — about what you need and how we can provide experiences that you feel safe and confident using. Across the country, we see cities and states begin the slow process of reopening and we are giving a careful eye to their efforts and outcomes.
In fact, we don’t know the shape of the future, but we are doing our best to shape it. We have been deliberately planning to be more adaptable, and strengthen and reaffirm our culture that values customers first. We have been in consultation with top health experts and with our peer institutions across the country to determine a responsible plan for reopening. As a science learning institution that exists to inspire our community to embrace STEM, we’ve looked to science and data to guide and inform our decisions. We strive to deliver our mission while operating in a safe and responsible manner.
We will take a gradual, phased approach to reopen the Science Center, hopefully sometime in the near future. Phase 1 will include reopening with a limited number of guests participating in guided experiences. A key tenet of this phase is to maintain physical/social distancing between guests in the Science Center while providing them the opportunity to engage with science and experience our exhibits.
The health and safety of visitors and our team members is a primary focus.
- We will open with policies that will allow us to manage the density of people within the Science Center and to help keep people six feet apart.
- We will enforce strict health and safety guidelines for all visitors and team members.
- We will clearly communicate that if people are not feeling well, are running a fever, or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home.
- All team members will wear masks/face coverings while on the job.
- We will be following CDC guidelines and guests two years and older will be required to wear masks/face coverings as well.
- Frequent hand washing will be encouraged, and we will have hand sanitizer available throughout the Science Center.
- We will continue to monitor developments and adjust guidelines and regulations as appropriate.
We know many of you are excited to see Victoria the T. rex, and rest assured we are doing everything we can to extend her visit to give more people the chance to meet her.
Additionally, I’m pleased to share that as part of continued efforts to engage all kids through STEM, the Science Center has explored ways to creatively host our CAMP INNOVATION for students this summer.
- Building from the great success of our virtual clubs, we are offering a combination of virtual and limited in-person sessions.
- We’ve limited the number of in-person campers for each session by over 50%.
- CAMP INNOVATION will provide kids opportunities to collaborate and explore STEM concepts through fun, hands-on challenges designed to build confidence, persistence and creative problem-solving skills.
- The Science Center will enforce strict health and safety guidelines for all camps and team members and follow social distancing and sanitation measures established by the Centers for Disease Control, the United States Department of Labor, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
So, yes, things will look a bit different when we see you next. And while we may not be able to predict the next normal, we look forward to working with you to create it.
The Hazel A. Hare President and CEO
Arizona Science Center
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