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CHICAGO — After 16 weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Shedd Aquarium will reopen in July.

Aquarium members will be welcomed back beginning Wednesday, July 1, followed by the general public on Friday, July 3.

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However, a few things will be different:

  • New, separate entrance and exit points
  • Limited hourly building capacity
  • Timed-admission to maintain an even flow of guests throughout the day
  • Required face coverings for anyone over 2 years old
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet required
  • Circulation paths to encourage one-directional flow
  • Additional handwashing and sanitization stations
  • Expanded sanitization and cleaning regimenincluding frequently scheduled cleaning on high-touch surfaces and deep cleanings every night
  • Physical barriers will be installed in places where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Additionally, the Shedd is pausing experiences such as the 4-D theatre and aquatic presentations to reduce large gatherings and groups.

With the reopening, Shedd has called back 120 of its furloughed staff members to work.

Purchasing a ticket to the Shedd in advance online or by phone at 312-939-2438 is required, due to new timed admission entry.