Space Center Houston has paused its plans to reopen and will remain closed until further notice.
“In accordance with health guidelines from Harris County, the city of Houston, and the latest stay-at-home ordinance, Space Center Houston will extend its closure until further notice,” a statement on SpaceCenter.org reads.
The popular local attraction has been closed since March and was originally scheduled to reopen on July 1 with new exhibits and outdoor experiences. However, as coronavirus cases have spiked across the state in recent weeks and new stay-at-home orders have been put in place, the facility has decided to extend its closure for the time being.
The extended closure affects all camps, Weclome Back Days, special programs, private programs, and other events that were planned for the coming weeks. Anyone who had a ticket for timed admission will be able to request a refund or reschedule their visit for a future date.
Whenever Space Center Houston does finally reopen guests can expect some new things to see, including an exhibit with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster, as well as some new rules in place to keep everyone safe, including:
- Timed admission tickets will be used and there will be a daily capacity
- Special hours for vulnerable populations will be added
- Guests and employees must follow social distancing guidelines and will be asked to wear face coverings
- Self-scan turnstiles will be used at entrances
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facilities
- Plexiglass shields will be installed at ticket counters
- Galleries will have one-direction walking paths to keep visitors from clustering up
- Theaters will remain closed until further notice
No reopening date has been announced as of this time.
“Space Center Houston will continue to monitor the latest updates from state, local and CDC officials and will continue to adjust its plans and protocols accordingly to ensure it can offer the safest experience possible for everyone,” the statement reads. “Until Space Center Houston reopens, continue to engage in science learning and enjoy a variety of its expanded virtual learning experiences through its digital resources page at spacecenter.org/resources.”