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Salt Lake City entertainment businesses adjust to yellow phase guidelines

By Mike Anderson, KSL TV | Posted - Sep. 6, 2020 at 4:07 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City began operating under the yellow phase of the state’s color-coded guidelines, and entertainment-based businesses are ramping up to bring more customers inside.

The Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum was making the change carefully Friday, grateful for the potential of more business but making sure it can be done safely.

Utahns can stay home to stay safe but sometimes, as parents like Hansen Phangia learned, the kids need a break from sitting around.

“It’s nice to get the kids out, do something active, instead of being in front of the electronics, and just being at home,” she said. “So for them to kind of come out, and do some different things, it’s good for them.”

They weren’t the only ones, though the Discovery Gateway was relatively quiet for a Friday afternoon.

The big change for staff members Friday was they could allow up to 50 people inside at a time, an increase from the orange phase’s 35.

“We’re still doing the same disinfecting processes throughout the space, but we’re able to facilitate the people throughout the different zones and different areas, to allow for the social distancing,” said senior manager Travis Reid.

He said they are still limiting one family at a time per exhibit. As long as employees can keep groups six feet apart, they can increase that number, though that will happen slowly.

“Hopefully we’ll see areas that can be potential bottlenecks and we’ll station our facilitators, which is our staff, to help encourage the social distancing,” Reid said.

Other entertainment-based businesses were facing that same challenge — seeing how many customers they can now handle while maintaining that social distance.

“We’re opening up these pop-up interactives throughout the space. Since it’s a one-way flow, we have areas that are waiting zones,” Reid said. “In these waiting zones, we have these pop-up interactives for the kids.”

Just like any business during this unusual time, Reid said they will take what they can get.

“I think that they’ve done a good job, in making sure that it’s a safe environment for families and kids,” he said.

Visitors have to set up a reservation in advance if they want to visit the museum.

Mike Anderson

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