Saint Louis Science Center to temporarily close due to COVID-19 surge

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Add the Saint Louis Science Center to a list of temporary closures related to COVID-19.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the center announced that it would close for two weeks from 4:30 p.m. on January 17. Currently, the center plans to reopen on February 3, but said in a press statement that it “will continue to assess the situation throughout the closure.”

Todd Bastean, president and CEO of the science center, said the organization is confident its protocols have been effective in maintaining a safe environment for visitors and employees, but they are following the advice of health experts.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Science Center has closely followed the advice of the CDC and city health officials to keep our community, guests, and team members safe,” said Bastean said in the statement. “As a science-based community institution, we believe it is important to honor the request of local health officials to stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate the pressure on local health systems.”

The news comes as St. Louis health officials have encouraged residents to stay home beyond essential activities like school, work or grocery shopping as St. Louis continues to break records. in terms of hospitalizations and number of cases.

Although the center may be closed, it will continue to provide virtual science content on its website and social media channels. Those who purchased tickets for an experiment at the science center during the closure can contact the reservations office at 314-289-4424. If you have tickets for “Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family”, you will be refunded.

“We appreciate the support from the community during these difficult times. Now more than ever, we can see how science is at work in our daily lives,” Bastean added in the press release. “We look forward to welcoming the community to the Science Center soon and hope that in the meantime we will all do our part to keep our community safe.”

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