May 16, 2020 11:00 AM

Cosmosphere delays opening until June 1

Posted May 16, 2020 11:00 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Following the announcement by Gov. Laura Kelly to hold off on some parts of the reopening of Kansas, the Cosmosphere leadership has announced it will delay public reopening until Monday, June 1. The new opening date is still contingent on further phasing directives as issued by Gov. Kelly.

Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors can expect the following safety measures when they visit:

• Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask. Disposable masks will be available at the box office upon request

• Multiple hand-sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Cosmosphere

• Seating in the Justice Planetarium and Carey Digital Dome theater will be limited to 30 persons. A 20-person limit will be in place in Dr. Goddard’s lab. In all theaters, attendees will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines

• Plexiglass shields and six-foot floor guides will be at point-of-sale locations

• All high-contact, hard/non-porous surfaces will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day

• Access to information racks and other sources of paper, which can be handled by multiple individuals, will be eliminated

• The new interactive CosmoKids area, naviGATOR Simulator and children’s activities in the Cosmosphere lobby will not be available for use by the public until further notice

• Contactless pay is encouraged for those planning a trip to the Cosmosphere. Tickets are available online at cosmo.org/visit/tickets or by calling the box office at 620.665.9312.

Cosmosphere museum staff with public contact will be required to wear a clean face mask and disposable gloves during their shift. Staff who exhibit symptoms of illness will be required to stay at home. General COVID-19 safety practices, like social distancing and frequent hand washing, are also being practiced by all staff.

For questions on any of the Cosmosphere COVID-19 safety procedures, or to plan your visit, call the Cosmosphere Box Office at 620.665.9312.

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May 16, 2020 11:00 AM
AAA offering free roadside assistance to front line workers for the rest of May

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — If those working on the front line of the COVID-19 issue need roadside assistance, AAA is there for them.

"Health care professionals and first responders on the front line are spending so many hours protecting us while at work," said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. "We want to protect them on their journey there and back. AAA Kansas is providing roadside assistance services to healthcare workers and first responders at no charge through the end of May."

Most problems that put you on the side of the road are covered.

"Tire changes, lockout services, fuel delivery, jump starts and installation of batteries are covered," Steward said. "We have a mobile battery service where we can actually bring out a battery to your vehicle. They'll have to pay for the cost of the battery, but we'll install those free of charge."

Membership is not required.

"To initiate roadside assistance service, all they need to do is call 1-855=328-9090," Steward said.

In addition, AAA Kansas is offering health care workers and first responders 50% off primary dues plus one free associate, 50% off a second associate and $5 off annual renewal now through the end of the year. To take advantage of this offer, call 1-844-945-0620.