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National WWII Museum in New Orleans to reopen on Memorial Day

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Posted at 2:22 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 15:22:06-04

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The National WWII Museum announced on Monday that it will officially reopen to the public on Memorial Day, May 25, after temporarily closing its doors on March 13 to protect the health and safety of visitors, staff and volunteers.

According to a release, the museum will operate at 25% of its total capacity while enacting new safety measures, including advance online ticket purchases, social distancing guidelines throughout pavilions and galleries, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proclamation and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s safe reopening plan.

Throughout the initial phase of reopening, most galleries, exhibits and experiences will be available with controlled attendance to allow for social distance between visitors, especially within galleries.

At each exhibit, guests will arrive through one entrance, follow a guided path, and leave through a designated exit to prevent visitors from crossing paths.

Most interactive exhibits will be accessible with a disposable stylus, which will be provided to visitors upon arrival, and a few will be turned off due to their tactile nature.

Cleaning will be enhanced throughout the museum, including increased frequency of disinfecting high-traffic surfaces.

Hand sanitizer stations will also be available across the museum’s campus.

In accordance with city guidelines, the museum’s staff and volunteers, as well as all visitors, will be required to wear face coverings during the initial reopening phase; complimentary masks will be provided for all guests who need one.

As recommended by state and city officials, the release states, seniors and people with serious medical conditions should delay their visit until a safer time.

To help ensure public safety and prevent crowds, timed ticket purchases will be required. It is strongly recommended that visitors pre-purchase museum admission online in advance, the release states.

Tickets are now available for advance purchase at nationalww2museum.org.

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