Washington Monument

Washington Monument Reopens With Safety Precautions

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The Washington Monument reopens Thursday with coronavirus safety precautions in place.

After a six-month closure due to the pandemic, the monument will reopen with new safety precautions and cleaning procedures.

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The new procedures include a reduced elevator capacity, a face mask requirement and daily midday closures for cleaning, according to the National Park Service.

Tickets for the monument will only be available here in order to promote social distancing at the site. Each ticket will cost a non-refundable fee of $1.50.

Before the virus hit, people would line up very early to get tickets. Now, the National Park Service says visitors should reserve their tickets a day before their visit to the monument.

After getting a ticket, Pat Sullivan still traveled to the monument early to be one of the first in line to return.

"This has been a difficult time for everybody. And all these steps, all these events like this that get us back to where we were... I think that's a significant thing," Sullivan said.

The monument will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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