On the same day Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on youth activities in Florida, Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry announced their reopening in a news release.
According to the release, it will be one of the first major science centers in the country to reopen.
The release also stated that the museum has developed a “comprehensive reopening plan that has been reviewed by Hillsborough County leadership as well as the Florida Department of Health."
“Our team has been preparing for this moment since we temporarily closed our doors on March 16," president and CEO Julian Mackenzie said in the release. “To see our plan being put into place and acknowledged by local and state leadership is not only exciting, it is a true testament to the team we have here at MOSI and the community resource we are.”
The comprehensive plan includes opening exhibits, experiences, camps and visiting group programs. They will initially open at 50 percent capacity and implement specific steps to “ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff.” Those measures include staff and employees wearing face masks and PPE face shields, and propping open entrance and exit doors.
Fitting for a science museum, another step includes “utilizing a commercial cleaning company equipped with cordless electrostatic sprayers, which disperses a sporicidal contact solution over every surface within specific areas and the facility in general.”
The release went on to explain: “Electrostatic spray cleaning is the process of spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. As the chemical exits the electrostatic sprayer, it is given a positive electrical charge. The droplets then become attracted to all negative surfaces, completely covering the visible area, underside and backside, with disinfectant.”
The release said electrostatic spray cleaning improves infection control and reduces the spread of viruses; applies chemicals in a more efficient, controlled manner, eliminating the dangers of overuse; and is effective for floors, walls, railings, faucets, hard surfaces and places that are difficult to reach.
IF YOU GO
The museum is located at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.