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Virginia Living Museum's animal attraction to reopen on June 6

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 10:58:29-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Virginia Living Museum says that the animal attraction will reopen to all guests on Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m.

For 82 days, the Animal Welfare and Conservation Team essential staff have remained on-site to care for over 1,000 native mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, fishes and gardens.

This devoted group of staffers emphasize that the animals indeed miss human interaction and will welcome the return of guests.

The outdoor trail and gardens were opened to VLM Members only since June 3, and now with much excitement, the Museum announces Saturday’s reopening of the indoor facility.

Safety guidelines will be strictly followed to protect guests, staff, volunteers, and the VLM animals:

  • All staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings.
  • There will be one way directional pathways.
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID 19 or known exposure to a COVID 19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the establishment.
  • Limited capacity will be set per official state guidelines.

The VLM says that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the Virginia Living Museum can not guarantee a guest will not be exposed during a visit.

The following high touch areas will remain closed:

  • Wild Side Café
  • Wild Things Museum Store
  • Dinosaur Discovery Trail
  • Children's Learning Garden
  • All Planetarium Shows/Abbitt Planetarium
  • Changing Exhibit Gallery
  • Discovery Centers

If you'd like more information, you can click here to be taken to the VLM's website.