After closing its doors for the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Science World has announced it will officially reopen to the public on August 1, with enhanced health and safety protocols.
The news comes after the much-loved Vancouver attraction announced its fundraising campaign –The World Needs More Nerds – featuring a young Dr. Bonnie Henry, earlier this month.
“When the dome closed its doors, it immediately lost 85% of its revenue streams. In order to ensure the next generation of nerds–someone who loves what they love, no matter what–the dome is asking for support from its followers in the form of a donation or by starting a personal fundraising page to ensure a future of critical science thinkers,” said Science World in a statement.
Science World will be implementing the following health and safety protocols for guests:
- Visitors will be able to book their advanced, timed entry tickets at scienceworld.ca;
- Physical distancing protocols are in place to ensure all visitors stay at least 2 metres apart, with timed entry at a reduced capacity to allow for this;
- Mandatory masks or face shields for visitors 6 years of age and over and all staff will wear masks or face shields;
- Hand sanitizer is available at entry and exit and throughout the building;
- Visitors are asked to leave their food at home (but bring their water bottles!). No food options will be available for purchase onsite;
- Enhanced cleaning protocols set out by the CDC will also be in place throughout the facility;
- Directional signage will safely guide visitors through the dome;
- Certain galleries will operate with limited capacity. The Wonder Gallery and Birdly® VR are closed. The OMNIMAX® Theatre and Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks can be reserved for a specific time, when guests purchase their tickets online;
- There will be three live science shows per hour around the building for all visitors to enjoy.
Admission free for essential workers and their families from July 23 to 26. Tickets will be issued through timed ticketed entry at scienceworld.ca and space will be limited due to reduced capacity and operating.
“We look forward to welcoming our community back to the iconic dome,” said Janet Wood, Science World President and CEO, in a release.
“We’ve missed the energy and excitement around Science World and while we’ve seen a huge uptick in our online activity and programming, we can’t wait to welcome the public back in a safe and engaging manner. COVID-19 has brought to light the importance of science literacy to public health and we look forward to nurturing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, epidemiologists and more.”
Starting July 27, the general public can book their timed visits online for August 1 onwards.