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Maritime Museum to reopen with limited capacity, outdoor measures for guests

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Aug 19, 2020
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Maritime Museum of San Diego will reopen to the public on Aug. 22, with new precautions for visitors and limited capacity.

Museum officials say they have placed 6-foot markers on the upper decks of ships to remind visitors to practice social distancing while visiting. Capacity for the museum has also been cut to 25%, but staff will monitor levels every 15 minutes.

Guests and staff will undergo temperature checks and wellness screenings before entering the museum, and facial coverings will be required. The museum is also condensing its hours to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to the high touch potential, the museum's gift shop is temporarily closed. Museum staff will be cleaning and sanitizing surfaces throughout the day.

The museum's tours will be self-guided, but volunteers will be available through the museum to help guests.

"We wanted to offer a special treat for visitors and residents of San Diego during the stress of the global pandemic," Raymond Ashley, president and CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, said. "So, a stroll aboard the decks of these historic ships and refreshing, educational boat ride in San Diego Bay could be the perfect break.

The museum will offer outdoor activities, such as self-guided tours, of the museum's fleet of historic vessels. Guests will be able to make reservations for Harbor History Bay tours for an additional charge with admission as four, 45-minute narrated tours daily at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Bay Boat tour reservations are also available.

General admission tickets for adults cost $20, and $15 for seniors 62+, military and ages 13-17. Children 12 and under can visit for $10. Cash will not be accepted for tickets purchased in person.

The Maritime Museum reopened from July 1 to July 6, after being closed since March due to the pandemic, but was closed once again when California barred indoor operations.