The White House is opening its doors!
After a six-month suspension, First Lady Melania Trump has announced the White House is resuming public tours on Saturday, September 12. The reopening will come with strict guidelines on social-distancing to keep all guests safe.
I am excited to announce the safe re-opening of @WhiteHouse tours beginning on September 12th! Please visit our website to learn more about the added safety precautions that are being implemented to ensure the health & safety of all visitors.https://t.co/PLUkVTWekY— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 1, 2020
“In order to ensure the safety and health of all visitors, there have been new policies implemented that align with the guidance issued by Federal, State, and local officials,” read a statement from the Office of the First Lady.
Some of these policies and guidelines include mandatory face coverings for anyone over the age of 2 and a reduction in the number of people allowed in the building. Tour groups will be limited to 18 percent of their normal size, and visitors can only tour the grounds two days a week (Fridays and Saturdays) instead of the normal five days a week. There will also be timed entries, social distance markers on the floor, and hand-sanitizer stations throughout the tour. Office staff will wear masks and gloves while also encouraging visitors to stay at least six feet apart.
The White House closed its doors to tours on March 12, during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to its closure, the White House brought upwards of 5,000 visitors a day, but current restrictions are expected to bring fewer than 1,000 guests each day.
The tours typically include a look at the White House Rose Garden which has been recently redone by Melania Trump, as well as visits to the China Room and the State Dining Room, where heads of states have formal meals. Tours are not booked online, and are instead scheduled through each visitor’s respective congressional representative office.
So, how do you feel about the White House opening its doors? Will you be booking a White House tour? Let us know in the comments!