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Monterey Bay Aquarium to Reopen on May 15

The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced on Friday it will welcome back all visitors on May 15 after an unprecedented 13-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Before reopening its doors for the general public, the aquarium will reopen for its members on from Saturday, May 1, through May 14.

Visitors are being asked to make online reservations on the aquarium’s website in advance, as capacity inside the aquarium remains limited due to state guidelines.

“Social media and our online experiences have allowed us to stay connected with people virtually, but we know that people are looking forward to reconnecting with favorite exhibits and animals in person. Everyone can expect an outstanding experience that puts the well-being of our guests, staff and volunteers front and center,” she said.

The aquarium will only be open Thursdays through Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. After Memorial Day, May 31, the aquarium will resume a seven-day weekly schedule.

In addition, new safety measures will be in place, including face coverings for all visitors ages three and up. Also, visitors will be directed through the exhibit galleries along one-way paths to ensure social distancing and capacity limits are followed.

More information about the reopening, as well as ticket sales, can be found online.

— Bay City News

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