The Alaska SeaLife Center’s touch tank can be seen here in this undated photo in Seward, Alaska, and an ASLC staff member can be seen wearing a mask as part of their current health and safety protocols. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s touch tank can be seen here in this undated photo in Seward, Alaska, and an ASLC staff member can be seen wearing a mask as part of their current health and safety protocols. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center reopens

The center had been operating on a limited, reservation-only basis.

After initially opening on a limited, reservation-only basis on May 20, the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward announced last week they will be open to the public five days a week through the month of June.

“After just two weeks of being open, we have seen so much support from our fellow Alaskans,” Tara Reimer, president and CEO of the SeaLife Center, said in a June 4 release. “The health, safety and well-being of every guest, staff member and animal is still our utmost priority, but we are thrilled to continue our mission by delivering a world-class experience for visitors.”

Visitor entry will stop an hour before closing, and due to hourly capacity limits, making a reservation online is encouraged.

Tickets can now be purchased at the door, but visitors may have to wait for a later entry if the center is at capacity when they arrive.

Enhanced health and safety measures will still be in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The touch tank is open, but with modifications to ensure visitors can maintain social distance. The fishing boat play structure and tours are still closed, but limited tours may return by the end of June.

Visitors, staff members and volunteers are required to wear face coverings, except for those under 2 years old and those with a medical condition that prohibits the use of a face covering.

Additional hand sanitizer stations are also located throughout the center for visitor use.

For more information on the current health and safety protocols in place at the ASLC, visit Alaskasealife.org/reopening.

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