A message from DISCOVERY Children’s Museum CEO, Melissa D. Kaiser:

To Our Valued Museum Guests,

At DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, employees, and volunteers is an uncompromising priority. As such, we are continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its possible impact on our region.

According to the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the immediate risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is still thought to be low for most people. Still, DISCOVERY is taking every step possible to ensure the virus that causes COVID-19 remains out of our Museum. That’s why we’ve implemented the following enhanced procedures:

  1. Increased deep-cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic/high touch areas in the Museum throughout the day;
  2. Increased the number of Purell stations placed in high traffic areas such as the front desk, gift shop, break rooms, facilities shops, etc., as well as throughout each of the Museum’s three floors;
  3. Added easy to follow bathroom signage regarding how to properly wash hands;
  4. Encouragement of children to practice good coughing etiquette;
  5. Providing regular staff and volunteer education on COVID-19, and enforcing a self-reporting policy for those who have traveled to and from countries with a Level 1 Travel Health Notice or higher.

As a reminder, the CDC recommends the following everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In addition to the above, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum will continue to enforce its Sick Person Policy. Please note that as a general rule, if you or your child is too sick to go to work or school, you are too sick to visit DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. Anyone who appears sick may be asked to leave and return once he or she is well.

For more on our Sick Person Policy, click here.

For more information on COVID-19, directly from the CDC, click the following links:

Please know that we are keeping a close eye on this developing situation and will continue to take every precaution in keeping you safe.

Thank you and we hope to see you very soon!

Sincerely,
Melissa D. Kaiser
CEO

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