Fish swim around the base of an oil rig display that is part of a Gulf of Mexico exhibit, highlighting the types of marine life living near oil rigs similiar to the BP Deepwater Horizon platform at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans on May 8, 2010.  BP was dealt a setback Saturday to capping a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after a containment dome encountered flammable hydrate formations as it was lowered onto the leak site. The gas hydrates, similar to ice crystals, formed on the inside of the 100-ton (90-tonne) chamber as it neared the seabed nearly a mile (1,500 meters below the surface, making it too buoyant and clogging it up, BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters. Workers have moved the concrete and steel box some 650 feet (200 meters) to the side on the seabed while they evaluate their options.         AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Mask up and make a reservation: Audubon Aquarium to reopen July 16 with new guidelines

After a four-month closure due to COVID-19, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will open its doors on Thursday.

by Clint Durrett | July 14, 2020

After a four-month closure due to COVID-19, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will open its doors on Thursday.

As for getting into the aquarium, visitors will be required to mask up. Additionally, to help limit the number of guests to accommodate physical distancing, visitors will need to make reservations.

See also: They all masked for you: Audubon Zoo reopens

“Along with setting strict attendance limits, additional safety initiatives include stringent cleaning protocols, physical distancing signage, and requiring staff wear appropriate PPE,” said Audubon Executive Vice President and COO Kyle Burks. “In accordance with City health guidelines, masks will also be required for all guests visiting our indoor facilities, such as the Aquarium.”

During the closure, the more than 15,000 animals have been under continued care, Audubon said in a release.

While the aquarium will open its doors to the public, it won’t host summer camps or events — public or private. That includes the organization’s annual fundraiser Scales and Ales. Audubon noted in a release that from March to June, its facility closures lost an estimated $21 million in revenue.

“Audubon typically welcomes 750,000 visitors over the summer months and is estimating nearly an 80% decrease this year due to limited capacity, pausing groups and field trips, and decreased tourism visitation,” Audubon said.

“We are an organization built on hope and our ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds,” said Audubon President and CEO Ron Forman. “Over the years, the Audubon has made historic comebacks, resurrecting a neglected Zoo to a world-class facility and rebuilding from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Our response to this challenge will be no exception. Together, we will get through this and come out the other side stronger than ever.”

Audubon Aquarium will be open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets can be reserved here.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
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1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon 10am–5pm
Tue-Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 10am–5pm
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Clint Durrett

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