Long Island Museums Set To Reopen This Week

On Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m., the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Cradle of Aviation Museum will reopen to the public following local, state and federal guidelines. The museums have been working diligently preparing for a safe and secure experience for visitors and will begin a phased reopening approach proceeding cautiously to normal services, placing the health and safety of its visitors, employees and community first.  As a thank you to frontline healthcare workers for their courageous and selfless efforts, the museum is offering free admission until August 30 valid employee id. 

“We are excited to welcome everyone back to the Museum and cannot wait to see our visitors smiling and learning about fire safety,” Alana Petrocelli, Executive Director, Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center said. “We have made changes to the Museum to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff and look forward to reopening.”

 “The Cradle staff and volunteers are excited to be able to reopen the museum to provide visitors with a safe and exciting experience,”Andrew Parton, President, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center said. “The museum staff has worked hard to create a safe and clean environment for all visitors and we look forward to welcoming everyone to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII as well as the 50th Anniversary of F-14 Tom Cat.” 


Reduced Services and Reduced Schedule

  • As of July 9, the museum’s new operating hours are Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Museum galleries will be open.
  • Theater and Planetarium, Nunley’s Carousel, and Junior Jet Club are temporarily closed as per NYS direction.  
  • Cafe – Open with limited light snacks and pre-packaged items. 

Safety Requirements

  • All Employees are required to wear face masks.
  • All visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear face masks while at the museum. Disposable face masks will be made available for anyone who does not have them. This is an NYS mandate; this simple action keeps our employees and fellow visitors safe, helping to stop the spread.
  • Certain jobs will require employees to use gloves, but gloves are available to all staff who choose to use them.
  • The museum has added signage about appropriate distancing, wearing masks, our cleaning procedures and best practices in sanitation behavior.

Implementing Social Distancing Standards

  • The museum is limiting the number of people allowed in the museum by 25% maximum capacity for the foreseeable future.
  • The museum is introducing socially distanced queuing at our box office, entrances, café and store registers.
  • Six feet is the standard, and staff are empowered to close exhibits if maintaining 6 feet of distance between people appears to not be possible.
  • The museum has installed plexiglass shields at all registers.
  • Directional floor markers and one-way flow through the museum and within galleries,
  • The museum is restricting group visits, guided tours, public programs, and special or private events limiting the number of participants until further notice as directed by the NYS Government.

Enhancing Cleaning Procedures

  • The museum maintains its enhanced COVID-19 cleaning procedures (including thorough, frequent cleanings of high-touch surface areas), in addition to its daily standard cleaning services.
  • 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.
  • The museum has installed hand sanitizer stations at frequent intervals throughout the museum, galleries and offices.
  • The museum is using the EPA recommended cleaner that is effective in killing SARS and COVID 19 for all of its sanitizing efforts along with 80% isopropyl alcohol spray for surfaces.

Health Screening and Policies

  • The museum is requiring employees to do a health screening before each shift; checking for COVID symptoms; taking temperatures. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher will be required to go home and we are encouraging staff to stay 

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