The museum will operate at 25-percent capacity to keep guests and staff safe.
Following a three-month hiatus due to COVID-19, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is opening its doors on July 1. The beloved museum will be operating at 25-percent capacity and will roll out new changes to keep guests and staff safe during their visit, which includes wearing masks and social distancing.
Here are a few of the guidelines outlined on their website:
- Masks must be worn by visitors ages 2+ at all times
- Temperatures will be taken at the door and visitors with a temperature of 100.4 degrees will not be permitted inside the building (in this case, tickets will be refunded).
- Tickets will be sold as timed entry, and guests are encouraged to reserve them ahead of time.
- Social distancing will be enforced with signage displayed through the building; guests should stay six feet apart from others.
We’re excited to announce the Aquarium will reopen to the public on July 1!— National Aquarium (@NatlAquarium) June 23, 2020
To ensure the safety of guests, staff, volunteers and animals, we’ve made a few essential changes to our experience, including: (1/6) pic.twitter.com/poSVFFkkQ7
In addition, the museum is enacting precautions to make the building as safe as possible. Plexiglass barriers will be installed around information desks, and a linear pathway will direct visitors through the exhibits to control foot traffic. Staff and volunteers will disinfect the premises regularly, particularly in high-volume areas. For the time-being, some exhibits will be closed, including the 4D Immersion Theater and Living Seashore touch pools.
The National Aquarium is one of Baltimore's most prized attractions, drawing over 50 million visitors since its opening in 1981. Their extensive collection features 20,000 animals like jellyfish, sharks, dolphins, and more.
Adult admission is $39.95, and children under 2 are free. For an extra perk, healthcare employees and their guests will receive a $5 discount off adult admission. You can reserve your tickets here.
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