LONG BEACH—After careful planning and discussions with the city of Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, reopened to the public on June 14, with special safety measures in place. It also debuted a new exhibition on coral reefs.
“On behalf of all of us at the Aquarium, we are very pleased to be able to welcome our members and visitors back. We have missed them and look forward to our community being able to enjoy the tranquility of our exhibits and to learn about our ocean planet. We are pleased to reopen with a new exhibition, Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities,” said Dr. Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO in a released statement.
The Aquarium is limiting the number of visitors, requiring advance timed reservations for everyone, and managing traffic flow to ensure appropriate social distancing; requiring face coverings for everyone age two and older and temperature checks for everyone, including staff; providing numerous hand-sanitizing stations for visitors and staff; will be constantly sanitizing all touched surface; and much more. Clear partitions have also been installed in key areas where staff interact with guests, such as the main entrance, member services, and retail areas. The Aquarium has also temporarily paused shows and presentations and closed several exhibits to ensure social distancing. Anyone who wishes to visit during this time must make an online reservation. More details are available on the Aquarium’s website at aquariumofpacific.org/visit/aquarium_safety.
The Aquarium has been offering a variety of programs for people at home through its Online Academy during its closure due to COVID-19 and said it plans to continue to do so.