The Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa will reopen to the public on June 6.
The museum said it has developed a comprehensive reopening plan that expands on 10 years of operating a clean, safe and fun museum, in a news release Friday. Their plan was reviewed by Hillsborough County.
“We know that children need play now more than ever," museum president and CEO Sarah Cole said in the release. “Our team is excited to reopen in a safe way so we can provide much needed respite for families in Tampa Bay. We can’t wait to see the smiling faces and hear the laughter of curious kids in the museum once again!”
Among the steps the museum said it is taking for a gradual and safe approach to resuming operations is limiting capacity to 25 percent, which will be managed by a timed admission system. Members will still receive free admission, but will reserve their space on the same system.
Additional measures include: enhanced cleaning, requiring staff and adult guests to wear masks, and encouraging physical distancing and contactless interactions. Also, the museum will remove exhibits that are difficult to clean, replace handheld props with clean ones four times a day, and make areas one-way with signage on the floor.
The museum will be closed on Mondays to perform a deep cleaning.
The week before the public opening, the museum will hold private preview days for members and essential workers by reservation only.
The release stated that the museum is “constantly monitoring the evolving situation and this plan is subject to change as new guidelines are released by city, county, state, and health agencies.”
“As a pillar of this community, the Glazer Children’s Museum is committed to serving the children of Tampa Bay,” board chair Sandy Murman said in the release. “Children are dealing with the pressures of e-learning, family stress from isolation, and general fear. The museum is steadfast in our mission to provide a safe outlet for imagination and discovery.”
Since the museum closed on March 16, it has been providing free online content through its GCM at Home that includes experiments, story times and recipes. Their Learn and Play Tampa Bay YouTube channel features content specifically for kids 5 and younger.
IF YOU GO
Glazer Children’s Museum. $15 adults, $13 children ages 1-12, $12.50 seniors/active military/educators/first responders; free for members and children younger than 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Tuesday – Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.
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