Thanksgiving Point and Covid-19

 

Update on Thanksgiving Point Operations:

July 16, 2020

Like many of you, Thanksgiving Point has accepted the challenge from Governor Gary Herbert in wearing masks and curving the further spread of COVD-19. Beginning Monday, July 20, 2020 ALL Thanksgiving Point indoor venues and events will require face coverings to enter and participate. The safety of our guests and employees remains of the utmost importance to us all at Thanksgiving Point. We invite all our community to join in this challenge and do our part to help.

 

 

June 12, 2020

Thanksgiving Point announced it will reopen the fifth and final of its venues on Monday, June 15, 2020 as part of “Utah Leads Together” yellow risk phase. The award-winning Museum of Natural Curiosity and it’s accompanied High Ropes course will also reopen the same day. All Thanksgiving Point venues and most eateries are now open to the public with social distancing limitations and limited admissions in place. Some areas of these venues will remain closed for the time being. All ticketing is limited and advanced tickets are required. Tickets are available at thanksgivingpoint.org.

At all Thanksgiving Point venues the following areas will still be unavailable for guest usage:

· Temple Climber play area (Museum of Natural Curiosity)

· Touch Tunnel (Museum of Natural Curiosity)

· Dinosaur Dig Pit (Museum of Ancient Life)

“Because of the hands-on nature of the Museum of Natural Curiosity, we wanted to take extra steps to ensure proper safety procedures prior to reopening.” “stated Mike L Washburn, President and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “The safety of our guests and employees remains our top priority while we are anxious to invite the community to return safely and responsibly.”

Ashton Gardens and Farm Country opened on May 1 following moderate risk guidelines. The following weeks saw the reopening of the Museum of Ancient Life and Butterfly Biosphere.

Masks for guests are not required but are strongly encouraged. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout guest areas. Other safety measures include monitoring team member’s daily temperatures, requiring employee face coverings, and additional cleaning and sanitation measures for public spaces.

 

 

MAY 12, 2020

Thanksgiving Point announced it will open another of its venues on Friday, May 15, 2020. Butterfly Biosphere in the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Building honoring the memory Hilda Ruth Harrell, will join the Museum of Ancient Life, Ashton Gardens, and Farm Country in limited reopening capacities. The award-winning Harvest Restaurant will also reopen on May 15 for dinner only and by reservations only. Harvest Restaurant is located in Water Tower Plaza.

“We feel the time is right to reopen the Butterfly Biosphere and Harvest Restaurant,” stated Mike L Washburn, President and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Each reopening has been strategically aligned with the country and state’s health officials’ comments and precautions in place. The health and safety of all guests and employees remains the top priority for Thanksgiving Point.”

Ashton Gardens and Farm Country opened on Friday, May 1 following the “Utah Leads Together 2.0” moderate risk guidelines. Last week the Museum of Ancient Life was reopened on a limited basis as well.

Areas of the Butterfly Biosphere will still be unavailable for usage, including the Costa Rica Climber play area. Guests will be directed inside the Conservatory in a one-way walkway and only a limited number of guests will be allowed inside per half hour, however length of visit is not restricted. Masks for guests are not required but are encouraged. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout guest areas. Other safety measures include monitoring team member’s daily temperatures, requiring employee face coverings, and additional cleaning and sanitation measures for public spaces.

To safely reopen Harvest Restaurant, the space has been reconfigured to create more space between guest tables. Guests will not be permitted to congregate in lobbies and are encouraged to wear masks when not eating. Guests may order takeout and make reservations by calling 801.768.4984. As part of the government regulations no parties of 10 or more people.

MAY 7, 2020

Thanksgiving Point announced it will open more of its venues on Friday, May 8, 2020. The Museum of Ancient Life and its accompanying Expedition Café will reopen to Thanksgiving Point members and the public along with the Tower Deli and Trellis Café.

“We made significant operational changes to safely reopen outdoor venues last week and we’re employing these strategies in the Museum of Ancient Life,” explained Mike L Washburn, President and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Our mission to provide community gathering places to learn will be delivered again. The difference is that now, our community is gathering at socially-distanced 6-foot intervals.”

Ashton Gardens and Farm Country opened on Friday, May 1, 2020 following the “Utah Leads Together 2.0” moderate risk guidelines. In addition to physical distancing, Thanksgiving Point requires guests to reserve advance tickets, which limits the number of guests each half hour. Length of visit is not restricted. Masks for guests are not required but are encouraged. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout guest areas. Other safety measures include monitoring team member’s daily temperatures, requiring employee face coverings, and additional cleaning and sanitation measures for public spaces.

Additionally, venues including the Museum of Ancient Life have been converted to a one-way path. As one of the world’s largest dinosaur museums, the path through the museum will provide a full experience. For those unable to visit in-person, there is also a free virtual tour of the collection. Visit thanksgivingpoint.org/DinoTour for more information. Some hands-on exhibits will not be available and the 3D Mammoth Screen Theatre will remain closed at this time.

To safely reopen, Trellis Café at Ashton Gardens and Tower Deli and Ice Cream Shop have been reconfigured to create more space between guest tables. Guests will not be permitted to congregate in lobbies and are encouraged to wear masks when not eating. Tower Deli guests may order takeout by calling 801.768.4984. Trellis guests may call ahead for reservations or takeout at 801.768.4996.

 

 

 

APRIL 29, 2020

Thanksgiving Point announced a re-opening of its outdoor venues Ashton Gardens and Farm Country beginning Friday, May 1, 2020.  Its three indoor venues, Museum of Natural Curiosity, Butterfly Biosphere, and the Museum of Ancient Life remain closed at this time.

“The safety of our guests and team members is our first priority,” stated Mike L Washburn, President and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “Our state’s “Utah Leads Together” plan provides guidelines to safely enter a moderate risk phase and allow socially-distanced limited admissions to outdoor venues. We aim to carefully provide a place to visit and recharge.”

The following guidelines are in place for those planning a visit to Thanksgiving Point:

  • Advance ticket reservations are required for both Thanksgiving Point members and the public. Tickets to the Ashton Gardens are available HERE and tickets to Farm Country are available HERE. Golf carts and wheelchairs are also available for rent online.
  • The number of guests allowed for each venue is limited by each half hour to allow for social distancing.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear face masks or face coverings while visiting. Employees will wear face masks while working.
  • Venues will have a marked one-way path through displays to encourage social distancing.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitation measures as well as educational signage are being implemented to facilitate safety.
  • Guests and employees are asked to wash hands frequently and stay home when ill.
  • Venues will offer a daily time slot for guests who are considered “high-risk” to visit.

Thanksgiving Point is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. The closure created the first Virtual Tulip Festival, presented by Utah Community Credit Union, via official Thanksgiving Point social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Options for Virtual Tulip Festival will continue to be published and available online through May 9.

 

 

 

MARCH 24, 2020

We are focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our community. As part of this focus, Thanksgiving Point closed all buildings and venues beginning March 16 through March 29 to help stem the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.

On March 23, 2020 the State of Utah extended school closures through May 1 to follow current health guidelines to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. In light of these changes, Thanksgiving Point will remain closed until further notice. This closure includes the Ashton Gardens and the Tulip Festival. During this interim, we will continue to provide transformative family learning opportunities when possible through social media and other channels. We will also stay in contact with appropriate officials and health experts and will adjust operations based on updated guidance.

We look forward to welcoming back guests as soon as possible. Please check this page for most recent announcements.

 

 

 

MARCH 16, 2020

In accordance with updated guidance from authorities, Thanksgiving Point announced effective 3 pm Mountain time March 16, 2020 its four venues (Butterfly Biosphere, Museum of Ancient Life, Museum of Natural Curiosity, and Farm Country) will close to encourage social distancing preventative measures for COVID-19 . Included in this closure are Harvest Restaurant and the Tower Deli at the Water Tower Plaza. Ashton Gardens remain closed for the winter season.

Thanksgiving Point cares deeply about the health, safety, and ongoing wellbeing of guests, employees, vendors, and other personnel who visit each day. During this time of temporary closure Thanksgiving Point will host a number of live and taped education options such as the popular “Tales for Tots” program.

“We join with the rest of the country in taking care of each other and ourselves,” stated Mike L Washburn, CEO and President of Thanksgiving Point. “We strive to be a safe haven from the storms of life and a fun place for families. We are committed to keeping our property safe for everyone. During this time, we encourage our employees and guests to care for one another and be patient as we work through these issues.”

For the past 25 years Thanksgiving Point has been a beacon of education, entertainment, and fun in the community. This short hiatus will not stop that mission from continuing. Please visit thanksgivingpoint.org for details about upcoming events, classes, and venues.   

Memberships will be adjusted to account for this closure. Further details to come. This page will be updated as further information or changes become available.

 

Additional resources are available at these links:

·  What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019

·  What to do if you are sick with coronavirus 2019

·  Stop the spread of germs - help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19

·  Utah Department of Health

 

 

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