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First museum in Balboa Park set to reopen

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 21:33:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - In a few days, the San Diego Air & Space Museum will become the first museum in Balboa Park to reopen amid the pandemic.

"Very, very anxious to get back to business ... We are ready to go," said Jim Kidrick, President of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Among the precautions: masks, social distancing, and fewer people. The museum will be at operating at 30% visitor capacity. You'll see hand sanitizer everywhere and a lot of plexiglass when interacting with staff.

"We want to make sure guests not just visually feel good, but also feel good as they experience the Air & Space Museum," said Kidrick.

One of the big challenges for any museum will be visitor interactions with exhibits and touchscreens. Here, each visitor will be handed a stylus pen.

"Any moment with interactivity where they would normally push with their finger, they can push with their stylus," said Kidrick.

One precaution visitors won't see will happen at the staff entrance. Employees will be funneled toward a mounted, state-of-the-art thermal imaging scanner.

"You walk up to it and frames your face. It takes a temperature and gives you a pass or fail," said Kidrick.

The museum opens its doors at 10 a.m. on Friday, the first day museums, zoos, and other entertainment businesses can reopen in California.