July 20, 2020

Children’s Museum of the Highlands is excited to implement a slow, safe action plan to reopen our doors for our families to come play. We are continuing to monitor guidelines from the CDC, our local officials and the governor’s Safer At Home phases of reopening. At this time, Governor Desantis has allowed museums to reopen at 50% capacity, with proper social distancing guidelines in place. As we are a hands-on play learning center this makes us uniquely different from traditional museums. 

We are implementing a modified 2 phase reopening for CMoH to best ensure a safe environment for our families, guests and staff. Please note we will continue to follow all guidelines and direction and may have to adjust forward or backwards our timeline.

MUSEUM PROCEDURES:

Strict entrance procedures are in effect until further notice which includes touchless temperature check, wellness screening questionnaire, sign-in sheet and use of hand santizer at the point of entry. Museum reserves the right to deny entry to any persons that have COVID19 symptoms and/or temperature over 100.4. Masks are not required but recommended. No gloves are to be worn inside the Museum. Museum capacity will be capped at 40 guests at any given time.

Sick Kid Policy. Guests are asked to stay home if they do not feel well; and to self quarantine if themselves or in contact with a person positive with COVID19 for a minimum of 14 days.

Staff will be required to check their temperatures before each work day, and required to frequently hand wash/disinfect throughout the day. Masks will not be required.

Guests are encouraged to practice frequent and good hand washing procedures; along with hand sanitizer applications. Staff will be periodically walking around promoting good hygiene practices.

The museum exhibits, work areas, classroom and spaces will be thoroughly cleaned every day by museum staff; with surfaces and frequently handled pieces cleaned often throughout the operating day. 

Each exhibit has been reviewed and modified to reduce the potential risk of spreading COVID19. Some exhibit pieces have been removed from the museum floor at this time while others have to be tagged for more frequent cleaning.

Bathrooms and high traffic areas will be cleaned often between group play.

Toy Time Out Bin – Toys that children have placed in their mouths or contaminated should be placed into these designated bins and/or given to museum staff for cleaning.

Large groups and field trips (groups of 15+) are restricted to Mondays and Tuesdays only and must be pre-registered for their play time. Birthday parties will only be scheduled during the 1:30-3:30 time slot and after hours until the state reaches Phase 3 reopening.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Kelly Dressel, Executive Director of Children’s Museum of the Highlands at 863-451-5385 or email: director@childrensmuseumhighlands.com

Museum Operating Hours: Mondays/Tuesdays – by appointment only. Wednesdays/Thursdays 10am-4pm. Fridays/Saturdays 10am-5pm (CMoH Members Power Hours Friday/Saturday 9am-10am)