LOWELL OBSERVATORY COMMENCES A SCIENCE-BASED COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN IN ALIGNMENT WITH CDC GUIDELINES7 Aug 2020, 13:45 UTC
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07 August 2020
LOWELL OBSERVATORY COMMENCES A SCIENCE-BASED COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN IN ALIGNMENT WITH CDC GUIDELINES
Flagstaff, AZ. – Employing a cautious and scientifically rigorous approach, Lowell Observatory is implementing a COVID-19 reopening plan that is aligned to the gating criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The phased reopening plan’s alignment with CDC guidelines places staff, guest, and community safety first and may serve as a model for other cultural organizations and science centers.
“As a Flagstaff community leader who makes space exploration and education accessible to 100,000 visitors each year, it’s very fitting for Lowell Observatory’s reopening plan to be driven by science and data,” said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. “They’re setting a great example for others to follow.”
Paramount to Lowell’s reopening plan is attention to safety of both guests and staff. In addition to adhering to CDC guidelines for hygiene, physical distancing, and facial coverings, observatory staff have devised strategies that are specific to its guest experience. To protect guests from potential surface transfer of the virus, staff cover telescope eyepieces with petri dishes. These transparent barriers allow guests to see celestial ...