St. Louis Science Center closes with COVID, omicron numbers rising; Officials say stay home

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  St.  Louis Science Center closes with COVID, omicron numbers rising;  Officials say stay home

The St. Louis Science Center will close at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and re-open Feb. 3.

The ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases because of the omicron variant in St. Louis City is causing yet another attraction to close its doors.

“We are confident that our protocols–including masking, capacity limits, deep cleaning of all spaces, daily health screenings of team members and requiring team members to be fully vaccinated –have been effective in providing a safe environment to visit and work,” Todd Bastean, president and CEO of the Science Center, said. “However, as a science-based community institution, we feel it is important to honor the request of local health officials to stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ease the strain on local healthcare systems.”

The St. Louis Science Center will close at 4:30 p.m. Monday and remain closed until Thursday, Feb. 3. It is the third institution to announce a COVID closure within the past week. The St. Louis Art Museum and Missouri Historical Society properties are also closed until next month.

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Health officials are urging area residents in both St. Louis city and county and neighboring communities and counties to stay home and not leave unless it is for essential needs. Over the last 14 days, the city alone has reported 6,306 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25 new deaths, and a 32.7% positivity rate.

Dominic Genetti was born and raised in St. Louis and has been in the media industry since 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwest Missouri State University, and has covered a variety of subjects including hard news, courts, enterprise features, and sports. From 2011 to 2013, Genetti wrote a syndicated baseball column that published daily throughout the country. He was also awarded the “Community Service” award from the Missouri Press Association for his efforts to bring light to a historic cemetery in disrepair in Hannibal, Missouri. Multimedia coverage is also part of Genetti’s repertoire. In 2011 he was named the GateHouse Media Videographer of the Year. Genetti has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Iowa, Texas, and Illinois.