The National Zoo in Washington, DC, and National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, will reopen on Friday, the Smithsonian announced today.
“As a public entity, we thrive on serving our visitors and making our collections readily available to them, virtually and in person,” Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian, said in a statement. “However, the safety and well-being of our staff, visitors and volunteers come first and are paramount, so we are taking a deliberate, phased and cautious approach to reopening. Our goal is to be safe and measured in order to adjust and pivot as necessary.”
Both buildings will reopen with multiple safety measures in place.
Here are some of those safety measures:
- Visitors ages six and older will be required to wear face coverings inside the zoo and Udvar-Hazy Center. Social distancing will also be implemented, and hand-sanitizing stations will be provided.
- The number of people inside the facilities will be limited. Visitors will be able to reserve free passes ahead of their visit. The Smithsonian will make available 5,000 passes to the zoo and 1,500 passes for the Udvar-Hazy Center daily.