The inside of the Maryland Science Center. Photo by A. Currell, via Flickr.

The Maryland Science Center will reopen on July 2, bringing back the museum’s educational programming and exhibits at a limited capacity and with added guidelines to guard against the threat of coronavirus.

The center will only open at 25 percent capacity, or about 800 guests, and the IMAX Theater will remain closed until further notice. The Davis Planetarium will feature scheduled programming and walk-through events.

Staff will deep clean the building and exhibits before the museum opens each day, and will frequently clean high-touch surfaces. Every worker’s temperature will be screened at the start of each shift.

Twice a day, the museum’s HVAC system will completely dump all the air in the building outside and cycle in fresh air.

The museum is also enacting a series of protocols for visitors, including a rule that everyone age 2 and older must wear a mask.

Only one family may use an elevator at a time, and guests are encouraged to use the stairs if possible. Physical distancing and frequent hand washing while inside the museum are encouraged.

Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building.

The center is also waiving all fees for online tickets so guests can purchase theirs in advance. Only a limited number of tickets will be for sale on site, and the museum has installed Plexiglass barriers at those point-of-sale locations.

Mark J. Potter, president and CEO of the Maryland Science Center, said in a statement that the museum has been plotting its reopening since shutting down in mid-March.

“While the staff enjoyed connecting with audiences through our online programming, we’re excited to welcome guests back to the Inner Harbor,” Potter said.

The Maryland Science Center will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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