If not for the masked children, abundant hand sanitizer stations and curtailed capacity, Friday would have almost looked like a typical late-summer day at Liberty Science Center. But it was far from it for New Jersey’s premier science museum — it was the first time it opened its doors to guests in nearly six months.
The Jersey City museum closed its doors March 13 as the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation, but hosted a members-only preview event Friday and welcomes back the science-loving public Saturday with a slew of safety precautions.
“If didn’t have my mask on, you would see a gigantic smile on my face right now,” Liberty Science Center President and CEO Paul Hoffman said as children milled around the “Wild About Animals” exhibit. “It’s wonderful.”
Capacity is capped at 25%, masks are required, guests have their temperatures screened upon entry, sanitation protocols have been increased and air