With guidance and approval from the Park County Health Office and the office of Governor Mark Gordon, the Center of the West opened its doors on Thursday, May 7.
We have made several changes, listed below, to create a safe museum experience driven by social distancing measures, access to safety and sanitization equipment, and routine facility cleaning.
Do visitors have to wear masks?
Visitors are encouraged to but not required to wear masks. All staff members are required to wear masks in public spaces throughout our complex, and multiple sanitizing stations are located at 22+ different points in the building with dispensers providing sanitizing gel.
About our campus
Our 40-acre campus houses 185,000 square feet of public exhibition space. The building’s occupancy capacity for total people is 18,000 people. We have five public restroom spaces and separate office restroom spaces.
Upgraded Public Safety Protections
The Center has taken its responsibility for public safety to heart during this time and has both established new and rigorous cleaning protocols as well as installing new safety equipment and providing access to sanitary materials for the public. A summary of those changes and protocols is as follows:
We are adhering to the CDC protocols for staff and visitors. We have posted those guidelines at all entrances and distribute the link to ALL staff every day as part of briefings.
Entrances & Exits
Entrances & Exits are wiped with sanitizing spray every hour with additional staff added during peak visitor periods to wipe surfaces more frequently. We have established one door as exclusively entrance and a second door exclusively as exits.
Counters are wiped continually by attending staff. Plexiglass sneeze guards to be installed (as per health recommendations). Guest credit card keypads with sanitizer are placed adjacent to them. We also are installing floor markers to establish social distancing for those waiting in line.
Bathrooms are cleaned every hour on the hour during work hours, and are deep-cleaned in the evenings after the building is closed to the public. Sanitizer dispensers have been installed in bathrooms.
Stations are located at 22+ different points in the building with dispensers providing sanitizing gel.
Sanitary Material Access
There are 12 different stations within the building containing gloves, and sanitizing wipes. We also have additional stations in reserve should we need to add them to areas within the building.
We are suspending some of our interactive exhibitions where sanitizing stations would be ineffective. Signage is being posted in small exhibition areas to remind people of social distancing.
There’s plenty more to see on our website and social media channels. Stay inspired by learning about our museums, checking out our trip planning resources, and engaging with us online! If you have any questions during this time, please reach out to [email protected] or our Facebook page. Until then, we hope you’re staying safe, healthy, and happy!
Upgraded Staff Safety Protections:
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has been engaged in a proactive approach to ensure staff safety. This includes a constant re-enforcement via signage and emails of CDC guidelines. Other items as follows:
Entrances & Exits
A rigid protocol has been set up for entering and exiting the building. This includes sanitizing stations, security (protected by plexiglass) wiping down all security badges when employees enter and leave, and a counter with gloves, masks, and sanitizing wipes.
The Center is blessed with abundant space, so no desks are closer than 6’ to each other (unless separated by a wall) with approximately 90% of desks separated from each other by walls.
Communication of CDC and Dept. of Health Standards
The Center has posted signage in all public places utilizing language from the CDC website. In addition, employees daily receive the CDC recommendations through email. Finally, a memo was distributed on the first day back for employees to reiterate CDC and Wyoming health dept positions.