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MOSI set to reopen at 50-percent capacity May 27

Staff will be deep cleaning the space several times a day.

TAMPA, Fla. — Seventy-one days after having to close its doors due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, MOSI has set May 27 as its target reopening date. 

Capacity will be limited to 50 percent in all areas except the open-air Science Park.

Things will also look different inside as all employees will be required to wear masks, entry and exit doors will be propped open to avoid additional touchpoints and limited staff will be present. 

All staff members will also have their temperatures checked before work. Anyone with a 100.4-degree temperature will be sent home and not permitted to come back until they receive two negative COVID-19 tests. 

Here is what else you can expect: 

  • Sneeze guards installed at the front desk.
  • Sanitizing spray and wipes provided to guest services and the front desk.
  • 6-feet social distancing signs will be installed.
  • Marking “waiting areas” for next use of exhibit.
  • MOSI staff will participate in an “all hands on deck” deep cleaning three times a day.
  • Idea Zone will be limited to five reserved activity stations. A family or small group will be able to use their reserved station for timed intervals.
  • One-way exit and entry paths will be indicated by arrows in certain areas.

Summer camp procedures will also be altered to meet health and safety guidelines. Parents will no longer leave their car when dropping off their child, nor can they come into the camp classrooms. 

All food must be brought from home and cannot be shared with others. MOSI will also encourage extra hand washing and place hand sanitizer throughout the classrooms. 

To read more about the safeguards MOSI is taking for guests, click here

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