Sick Person Policy

DISCOVERY Children’s Museum works to provide a safe and healthy environment for all its visitors. That’s why the Museum enforces a “Sick Person Policy” among visitors, staff, and volunteers.

As a general rule, if you or your child has a fever or is too sick to attend work or school, you are too sick to visit DISCOVERY Children’s Museum.

  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms (headache, high fever, chills, lethargy, muscle aches, cough, sore throat)
  • Upper Respiratory Infections (nasal congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat, painful swallowing, cough watery eyes – with or without fever)
  • Cold symptoms (sneezing and runny nose)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Conjunctivitis or “pink eye” infection
  • Impetigo (infectious skin disease which shows up as small pimples that turn into red blisters in a circular pattern)
  • Lice
  • Neck pain,
  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain
  • Strep Throat (child must be on antibiotics for 48 hours before coming to the museum.)
    Any of the following contagious diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, roseola, and chicken pox. Children with chicken pox may not come until all of the sores are crusted and there are no new eruptions.

Any of the following contagious diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, roseola, and chicken pox. Children with chicken pox may not come until all of the sores are crusted and there are no new eruptions.  Under the discretion of the Museum, visitors who appear sick may be asked to leave the Museum for the health and safety of other visitors.

UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 (MARCH 2020)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.  (Source: World Health Organization)

PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub if washing hands is not an option.*
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

*Please note that DISCOVERY Children’s Museum has restrooms on each of its three floors, as well as hand sanitizer stations throughout the Museum.

While cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the U.S., there have not yet been cases reported in Las Vegas specifically. Still, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is committed to being a leader in the community by informing the public of its risks and how to prevent contact and spread of the virus. Please take a moment to view the following infographics from the Southern Nevada Health District:

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

New York State Department of Health

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health