The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències reopens to the public this coming 1 June
May 22, 2020
The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is preparing its facilities for reopening to the public this coming 1 June after being closed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening depends on the City of Valencia moving to phase II from 1 June. With the slogan 'Re-encounter science in complete safety', the areas of the Museu de les Ciències and the Hemisfèric have been adapted according to the regulations established and recommendations for the reopening of cinemas and science museums.
Personnel will shortly begin their progressive return after working from home during confinement, a period in which on-site maintenance work has been done, in addition to adapting the spaces to the measures needed to guarantee the safety of visitors and the staff. In this sense, the personnel of the Museu de les Ciències is making a training plan tailored specifically to the norms, protocols and measures adopted.
The entrances to the buildings will have disinfecting carpets for footwear and dispensers of gel. In addition, in the first phase of the reopening, masks will be given to visitors. In all, 24 dispensers of gel have been placed in the public use areas of the complex, which are available at the entrances and at different points in the facilities. The public service areas have protective screens.
In the Museu de les Ciències, as well as in the various closed spaces in the exhibition area, capacity is monitored with person-counting cameras. A route for visitors has been designed to allow a tour without agglomerations of people, and the entrances and exits of the Museu have been clearly marked, as have the safe distances and one-way paths to avoid flows of visitors crossing.
In the Hemisfèric the seating has been reduced to 42 in order to maintain social distance, and the seats have been suitably marked so the spectators know which seats they can occupy. In the 3D screening sessions, viewers will have 3D glasses which have been properly disinfected at the end of each session to guarantee their hygiene and sealed in individual bags. In addition, the frequency of cleaning of the rooms between sessions has been increased, and will include disinfection of the seats and handrails.
The Oceanográfic, which has remained fully operational all this time to maintain the well-being of its animals, shall reopen as soon as permitted by the competent authority, and shall have all the safety conditions required, both for visitors and the workers themselves.
All this information will be updated on the news channel of the website of the Ciutat de les Arts i els Ciències, as well as through the social networks.