The Carnegie Science Center Is Closing Temporarily Because of Staff Shortages

Next week's shutdown will give the center time to reallocate staff.


If you’re planning a trip to the Carnegie Science Center, you may want to reschedule; the center is closing temporarily from Jan. 10-14. 

The Science Center is short-staffed because of COVID-19 issues, according to a press release.

“Like many other organizations, Carnegie Science Center is managing staff shortages,” the release said. “This short period of closure will allow the Science Center to reallocate staff and reopen with the stellar level of service our visitors have come to know.” 

The Science Center is not the only institution struggling with staffing as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc. Many local businesses have been facing pandemic-era shortages; earlier this week, Pittsburgh Public Schools announced that many of its buildings would switch to remote learning for the week because a high proportion of the district’s teachers and staff had either been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.

Similarly, Allegheny County Port Authority said some riders might experience delays and longer wait times, as high COVID infection rates have caused a shortage among drivers. Between 100 and 200 bus and light rail trips started going out of service daily this week because of a lack of operators. Since Jan. 1, the Port Authority said 28 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to KDKA. 

One operator, who had been a bus driver for five years, died last weekend, marking the seventh COVID-related death among Port Authority drivers.

The Carnegie Science Center will reopen with normal hours on Saturday, Jan. 15. Visitors can see the Science Center’s new Pompeii exhibit on display now. It features body casts and more than 180 artifacts from the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius, all on loan from the Naples National Archeological Museum in Italy. 

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