The Washington Monument is reopening to the public Wednesday, after being closed for six months due to COVID-19 safety measures.
“The reopening of the the Washington Monument represents another important step forward for Washington coming back from the pandemic,” National Mall spokesperson Mike Litterst told USA TODAY.
Starting July 14, the monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Advance tickets will be required for all visitors. No tickets will be sold on site. Tickets will only be available on recreation.gov, where there is non-refundable $1 reservation fee per ticket.
Additionally face masks will be required for all visitors over age 2, regardless of vaccination status.
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“Working closely with the NPS Office of Public Health, the park is using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers,” according to the National Park Service.
The Washington Monument first closed for the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. It reopened in October and closed again in January.
Only one NPS-administered monument remains closed in the National Mall area: the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, headquarters of the National Woman’s Party for nearly a century. It’s one of numerous NPS sites nationwide still shuttered for COVID-19 precautions.
For the latest information on all park closures, visit the National Park Service Active Alerts webpage.