Updated March 24, 2020
Science has never mattered more.
Epidemiologists were the ones who identified the urgent need to take action to prevent the coronavirus spreading.
And the science community is now leading the way out of this global emergency.
Spark is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The health and safety of Spark's employees, visitors, volunteers, families and students are a top priority. Spark is closely monitoring regular updates about COVID-19 and following guidelines from the Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
REFUNDS AND DONATIONS
All programs, tickets, and events that have been purchased through the duration of Spark's closure can be held for future use, refunded or donated. We are grateful for all support during these extraordinary times. A science-informed world is a safer world.
For inquiries on event postponements, refunds, and donations, please contact email@example.com.
Please follow the guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing, as per the recommendations of Alberta Health Services.
Be kind and supportive to one another during this time.
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March 23, 2020
Message from the CEO
A salute to science and science centre staffMary Anne Moser
First of all, we salute the scientists who are working around the clock to understand this new virus and help us make the world safe.
We also salute the Spark staff members — we call ourselves Sparkians — who are taking one for the team through a temporary layoff.
A science centre attracts passionate, curious, creative people who share a belief that science can make the world a better place. When it comes to Spark staff, those qualities are paired with incredible caring for individuals, and for the planet we call home.
On March 23, 75% of the Spark team was laid off — TEMPORARILY, I would like to shout — in all categories, from hourly workers to almost half of the leadership team. A dozen educators are staying on for a week in an intense effort to get Spark's rich educational resources up and online for others to use during this period of social distancing. And after that, a skeleton crew will hold the fort.
This is a collective effort to protect each other and the science centre, which the world will need more than ever before, when this is over.
We now turn our attention to building and sharing with you the gifts of a science centre — changing lives through a love for science. We’re energized by our interactions with each other and with YOU, the public, and we cannot wait to come back together and throw open the doors with a warm welcome.
Never in the history of our species has the affinity for science been so important. I’ll have more to say on this when the urgency of this pandemic subsides.
President & CEO
How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?
To help protect against all respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19, you should:
- Stay home. Now is the time to stay home and avoid social and other outings that are not essential.
- Wash your hands often and well. Refer to hand-washing guidance here
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands. Refer to respiratory etiquette guidance
- You can download the AHS FAQ here
This page will be regularly updated as scientists continue to learn more about COVID-19.
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