The Connecticut Science Center is currently CLOSED to the public due to public health concerns about COVID-19.
We are a science learning institution that exists to inspire our society to act in a science-minded way. When science tells us something, we must not ignore it. The best available scientific and medical information strongly indicates that reducing social transmission is the best way to mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
The Connecticut Science Center will do what the science implies and close our doors to the public on a temporary basis to reduce the potential of transmission in large public gatherings and hands-on environments such as ours inherently is when filled with visitors. Once we are advised by public health officials from the State of Connecticut, we will reopen.
We make this decision with heavy hearts but clear minds. Our driving mission and instinct is to talk about science and everything that our society can learn from it in the unique and powerful venue that we operate. At the same time, we are unwavering in our resolve to do what’s in the best interests of our community, which is situated among some of the largest population centers, and where health experts are predicting more widespread transmission.
We are already adapting our content for schools and families to online formats that will be valuable during the COVID-19 related disruptions to school and family life. You can find a lot of this content on our Blog. We will be innovating relentlessly to deliver on our mission, no matter what, and to make the Science Center even better than ever when the doors re-open.
We will reassess our plans as the situation develops and conditions are clarified. Meantime, we once again urge everyone to wash hands thoroughly and often,avoid coughing and sneezing around others and maintain social distancing and other practices recommended by health authorities.Thank You,
President & Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Science Center
Health authorities are monitoring the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus. While the impact on Connecticut is uncertain at this time, health officials are preparing, starting with recommendations to avoid or contain the spread of communicable diseases.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- The Connecticut Science Center believes in acting on the best information science gives us. Social distancing is recommended by public health officials and experts to slow the spread of COVID-19, and that is best achieved by avoiding large gatherings. In the interests of supporting a national effort to combat COVID-19, the Connecticut Science Center is closed to the public.
- There have been no reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Connecticut Science Center including guests, employees, and vendors.
- The Connecticut Science Center will do what the science implies and close our doors to the public on a temporary basis to reduce the potential of transmission in large public gatherings and hands-on environments such as ours inherently is when filled with visitors. Once we are advised by public health officials from the State of Connecticut, we will reopen.
- The Science Center strives to maintain a clean facility and consistently receives high marks from our guests for the cleanliness of our exhibit spaces and restrooms. Our Health and Safety team frequently meets to review our cleaning protocols.
In the wake of the public health concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have augmented cleaning protocols with a specific focus on areas and surfaces with frequent guest contact. Our “Clean Team” has been trained on best practices for preventing the spread of germs and viruses. In addition, our employees engage in frequent hand washing and encourage guests to do so as well.
- The Connecticut Science Center provides hand sanitizer dispensers on every floor as a convenience for our guests. Sanitizers are filled with the recommended germ-killing products. While hand sanitizer is an accepted germ-cleaning method, health officials strongly encourage handwashing with soap and water as it is the most effective way to limit the spread of germs. Restrooms are plentiful and conveniently located on every floor and in every exhibition gallery.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home
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