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Omaha Children's Museum will reopen in August with limited capacity

Omaha Children's Museum will reopen in August with limited capacity

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Cooped up kids and parents will soon have another family-friendly attraction to visit.

The Omaha Children’s Museum has set Aug. 15 as its reopening date.

The reopening, which will be done in stages, will follow county and state guidelines to protect guests and employees from the coronavirus.

“We are excited to see families back at the museum,” said Lindy Hoyer, executive director. “The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority. We are working hard to finalize the details in our plan in order to reassure families and our community that it is safe to return to Omaha Children’s Museum.”

The museum will be open to the public during two time slots — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets will be issued to a very small percentage of the museum’s capacity for the two sessions each day.

The museum is limiting parties to eight or fewer people, and no large field trip groups will be allowed, Reiner said.

“Staff will closely monitor exhibit spaces, and we will limit the amount of groups in an area, if needed,” she said. “We don’t anticipate this occurring, but we’re planning for every possible scenario.”

Additionally, masks will be required for everyone age 5 and older. Face shields will be available for those who cannot wear a face mask; disposable masks also will be available.

Reiner said museum staff will sanitize each morning, as well as between the designated time slots.

“Throughout the day, museum staff — who we’ve always had positioned in each exhibit space — will also be tasked with disinfecting high-touch items,” Reiner said. “We’ll also have disinfectant wipes throughout the building for parents who want to clean surfaces of items before their child plays with them. And we will have plenty of hand-sanitizing stations.”

Timed tickets will go on sale prior to Aug. 15; the exact date is still to be announced, but quantities per household will be limited.

The museum has been closed to the public since March 14. There were limited openings since June for summer camps.

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