After a long closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Museum of Science and Energy has re-opened.
AMSE re-opened at 9 a.m. Friday, May 21.
AMSE will be open to a limited number of visitors at a time, 50. Museum visitors will be asked to maintain an appropriate physical distance from others (the general guidance has been to maintain a distance of six feet or more, when possible, from people who live outside your home).
The museum said visitors must wear masks at all times. Visitors will be asked to provide a phone number to aid in contact tracing, and they must answer the following questions: Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days? Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat? Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
COVID-19 cases have declined nationwide and in Tennessee and Anderson County since the winter peak. For example, the number of new cases per day has plateaued at fewer than six in Anderson County, down from more than 100 new cases per day during the winter peak. The number of new cases per day, deaths, and current hospitalizations are all down in Tennessee.
The re-opening of AMSE occurs as many activities begin to return to normal, or close to normal, and as guidelines such as those for fully vaccinated people are relaxed.
AMSE is located near JCPenney in Main Street Oak Ridge, which replaced the former Oak Ridge Mall.