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Vancouver's Science World to reopen after months-long COVID-19 closure

Last Updated Jul 31, 2020 at 9:04 am PDT

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

Vancouver's Science World is reopening on Saturday

The iconic dome was shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Science World says a number of COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You have another place to take the kids starting this weekend. Science World reopens on Saturday.

The iconic False Creek dome has been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As with many other reopenings, there are a few changes visitors will need to make note of.

Tickets will need to be bought in advance and visitors will have a reserved time to enter the Vancouver attraction. Physical distancing protocols are also in place throughout Science World, where everyone over the age of six will have to wear a mask or face shield.

People entering the facility will need to use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving, where signage will help guide visitors through the building. Some of the galleries are operating at limited capacity while others are closed.

Everyone is asked to leave their food and drinks at home — but water bottles are welcome. Enhanced cleaning protocols are also in place.

The reopening comes weeks after a fundraising campaign was launched to help Science World through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign featured a seven-year-old Dr. Bonnie Henry and called on all lovers of science to lend a hand.

Science World was forced to shut down on March 14 due to the spread of the coronavirus, losing its main revenue stream from admissions and events.

“When we re-open, it will be to drastically reduced capacity,” its website reads. “We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we hope you can contribute to our call to fund the future.”

Voted Vancouver’s most iconic building last year, Science World typically sees 900,000 visitors a year.