Daily Building Operations Status

Updated 5/19/2020 at 8:00AM

COSI is currently closed to the public and all non-essential COSI Team Members due to public health concerns about COVID-19. All programs and events scheduled to take place through June 22, 2020 have been canceled or postponed. We feel this is in the best interest of our community, guests and team.
We encourage you to visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19 to stay apprised of the evolving situation. For more information about COSI, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. COSI's Call Center is currently unstaffed and our response to voicemail messages may be delayed, but the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address is checked daily and we are working hard to respond promptly to emailed inquiries. Thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to engage, inspire and transform. We look forward to when we can see you again.

A Message from COSI Regarding COVID-19

At COSI, the health and safety of our guests and team is our number one priority. COSI is also actively employing cleanliness practices set forth by state and local health officials. These actions include:

  • Utilizing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting techniques throughout COSI;
  • Encouraging effective personal hygiene;
  • Deploying additional hand sanitizing stations in key locations at COSI.
At this time, COSI will remain closed to the public. COSI Team Members have been asked to engage in good hygiene practices while at work. Team Members exhibiting symptoms of contagious illness are being asked not to report to work. We encourage Team Members exhibiting symptoms to stay at home and take care of themselves.

Here are important tips to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. If no tissue is available, cough and sneeze into your shoulder or elbow. If you cough or sneeze into your hand you should immediately clean your hands thoroughly, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often, especially when returning home or entering a facility. When available, wash your hands with soap and warm water, rubbing your hands vigorously together to scrub all skin surfaces. Wash for 20 seconds. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps to dislodge and remove germs. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers of at least 60% alcohol are recommended. If using a gel, rub the gel in your hands until they are dry. The gel does not need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (“the T zone”). Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for several hours or longer) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables.
  • When you are sick or have flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home, get plenty of rest and check with a health care provider as needed. Remember: keeping your distance from others may protect them from getting sick.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
For additional official information, please check the websites of the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.

For the most up-to-date information on COSI operations, please check COSI’s webpage and COSI social media channels. As a leader in science communications, we will continue to post content to ensure your family is informed and prepared.

A special message from COSI President and CEO Dr. Frederic Bertley.