An exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center is photographed on July 23, 2019, in Seward . (Photo courtesy of the Alaska SeaLife Center)

An exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center is photographed on July 23, 2019, in Seward . (Photo courtesy of the Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center in Seward to reopen

The number of people allowed entrance will be limited and sanitation measures put in place.

The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward will be reopening its doors to the public Wednesday — with some limitations.

“After two months of being closed to the public, we are excited to reopen our doors to share our educational mission as well as support Alaskans who have been hunkered down for so long,” Tara Reimer, SeaLife Center president and CEO, said in a Thursday release. “The health, safety and wellbeing of every guest is our utmost priority. While we are taking a cautious approach to reopening, we aim to still deliver a world-class experience for visitors.”

In order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, the SeaLife Center will be limiting the number of people that can attend at any given time and implementing additional safety and sanitation measures.

All guests will be required to make a reservation online before they can visit the SeaLife Center. Tickets can be reserved at alaskasealife.org/tickets. SeaLife Center members will continue to receive free admission, but they must still make a reservation online.

Reservations can be secured in 15-minute time slots, and guests will not be admitted prior to their scheduled time.

Limited discounts will be accommodated through the website, and all tickets will be sold at Alaska resident pricing.

All staff members, volunteers and guests will be required to wear face coverings, with the exception of guests under 2 years old and those with medical conditions that prevent the use of face coverings.

Tickets will be scanned at a dedicated station at the entry, and guests will follow a dedicated, one-way flow through the center.

Additional hand sanitizer stations will be found throughout the facility, including near the entry and in restrooms.

High-touch surfaces, including windows, railings, restrooms, elevators and the escalator will be cleaned regularly.

The Touch Tank will be open for viewing, but not touching, and the Fishing Boat Exhibit will be closed.

The Haul-Out Cafe will be closed, and the Discovery Gift Shop will be limiting the number of guests allowed inside.

Water fountains will be unavailable, but water-bottle fill stations will be available and sanitized regularly.

Those without online access can contact the Reservation Hotline at 1-888-378-2525.

Visit alaskasealife.org/reopening for all of the details on the Alaska SeaLife Center’s plan to reopen.

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