We take the health and wellbeing of our visitors incredibly seriously and we know that Coronavirus is something that you are all thinking about and so are we. As confirmed cases get closer to our zip code, we want to let you know what we are doing to keep our visitors and staff safe at CME.
What CME is doing:
- Increasing frequency of cleaning from professional cleaners when the Museum is closed
- Increasing frequency of cleanings when the Museum is open
- Disinfecting exhibits, manipulatives and surfaces (doorknobs, lunch tables etc)
What you can do:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
- If you feel sick or have been around anyone who feels sick, please come to play at the Museum another day. This is the best way to avoid spreading any illness and make sure you get the rest you need to recover.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- When playing at the Museum, help us stop the spread of germs by properly monitoring your child’s play to avoid gumming, mouthing and chewing on manipulatives. If your child has placed something in his/her mouth, please bring this item to a Museum staffer immediately for cleaning.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw it away immediately and wash your hands.
With the overwhelming amount of information on the Coronavirus going around, our good friends at the Providence Children’s Museum, the Montshire Museum of Science and many other great institutions have started pulling together age-appropriate resources for children and families as a support during this time. We are pleased to pass them along and have added a few of our own ideas as well.
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
- Boston Children’s Museum Cover Your Cough and Sneeze! How to Teach Kids to Cough/Sneeze into Their Sleeves.
- Small people can have big feelings when they hear about scary information on the news. Here is a great article on how to talk to them about it from experts.
- Talking to kids about the Coronavirus via the Child Mind Institute
- Just for kids, A comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- A video to teach your children how hand washing helps prevents the spread of Coronavirus here.
With the shortage of hand sanitizer, now is a great time to do a little science at home. Here is a great recipe for making homemade hand sanitizer, an activity you can do with your child.
We will continue to stay abreast of all updates and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Health and are working in tandem with the Association of Children’s Museums and the New England Museum Association to ensure the highest level of commitment to safety and wellness for our Museum community.