The Virginia Aquarium Reopens on June 19 and Pledges to Summer Smarter
  • Redeemable: Monday, Jun 15, 2020 - Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, in compliance with the phased opening plan set forth by the Governor of Virginia and consultation with City of Virginia Beach leadership, will take the first steps to welcome guests back starting June 19, 2020. New safety measures have been developed to keep guests, staff, volunteers, and animals safe, including: • Requiring online reservations to create a touch-free payment process • Limiting capacity with timed tickets, both for members and general admission • Guests 10 and older, staff, and volunteers required to wear face coverings, in accordance with the Virginia Governor’s Executive Order 63 • Creating one-way paths throughout the Aquarium • Installing signage to demonstrate social distancing throughout the Aquarium • Providing additional hand sanitizing stations around the Aquarium • Increasing sanitation procedures for high-contact surfaces in the Aquarium • Not accepting reservations between 1 to 2 p.m. each day for staff to conduct additional thorough cleaning and sanitization • Complying with all state and local regulations concerning COVID-19 Other temporary changes during our wave one of opening will include closing the café and snack stand; not offering special programs, some interactive exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, and scheduled feeding presentations; and not hosting private events, summer camps, or school programs. Additionally, the Virginia Aquarium Giant Screen Theater will be closed.