UPDATES ON THE MUSEUM’S CLOSURE

Updated March 16, 2020

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Remains Closed Through April 5

As many of you know, we recently closed our doors out of concern for the safety of our staff, our local community, and our museum visitors. In response to today’s announcement by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, we will remain closed through April 5. I want to thank each and every member of this dedicated community for their support and patience as we respond to growing worry surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This is a rapidly changing situation and we are in close contact with our local public health officials. We’ll be monitoring the situation closely and will keep you abreast of any new developments.

“We are in full support of our public health officials who are working diligently and tirelessly to protect the community,” said Marilee Jennings, executive director of Children’s Discovery Museum. “The health and safety of our employees, visitors, and everyone in our community continues to be our top priority and as a small business, local attraction, and employer, we are compelled to do whatever we can to help mitigate this crisis.”

Recognizing that children benefit from self-directed discovery and exploration, and a sense of normalcy, the museum will continue to be a resource for families during the closure. The museum will be working to provide online hands-on activities and fun learning opportunities for parents and children that they can do at home during these difficult times.

Q & A

Why did the museum close?

In response to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s guideline issued Friday, March 13, the museum is closed through April 5.

The museum originally closed when an employee came in contact with an individual who tested positive to Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). With an abundance of caution, the museum closed through March 9. The museum determined it needed another week to put in place the recommendations from the Santa Clara County Health Department to protect the health of museum employees, visitors and the community at large. At that time, the museum extended the closure through March17.

What was the potential exposure to the museum and its visitors?

The only day that the individual worked after being exposed was Wednesday, March 4.

Was this individual tested?

The county deemed our colleague a low-priority for testing because the individual was asymptomatic. Our colleague finished self-isolating at home and passed the 14-day incubation period at the end of Sunday, March 15, with no symptoms. The individual is now free to resume normal activities, albeit the evolving guidelines for everyone in the community.

When will the museum open again?

We are monitoring the rapidly changing situation and working closely with our public health professionals. We will re-open the museum when bans are lifted and health experts and museum leadership believe it is safe to open the museum.

What’s the best way to stay informed about the museum?

Sign up for our enewsletter on the homepage and visit our social media channels.

How can I find out information about an event or field trip that I had planned?

Where can I find the latest updates about Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Santa Clara County Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control

RESOURCES

See this article for more details about children and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):
https://www.kqed.org/science/1958031/kids-are-less-susceptible-to-covid-19-but-its-not-clear-why