Washington Monument opens; welcomes first visitors to the top since March 13

Washington Monument opens; welcomes first visitors to the top since March 13
FILE PHOTO: The Washington Monument has reopened to visitors after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (TASOS KATOPODIS/Getty Images)

The Washington Monument is once again open to visitors after being closed for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tourists can once again go to the top of the towering monument to George Washington and look over the nation’s capital, The Washington Post reported.

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It was one of the last sites controlled by the National Park Service in the D.C. area to reopen during the pandemic. Many parks that are controlled by the NPS remained accessible to visitors throughout the pandemic, the newspaper reported.

The reopening brings changes for those who want to go to the top of the monument. Tickets are needed and can be purchased here. No tickets will be available on-site, WTTG reported.

Park service officials said tickets will be available the day before a planned visit, WRC reported.

Other changes include reduced elevator capacity and mask requirements. The monument will also be closed midday for cleaning, WRC reported.

There will also be a time limit of 10 minutes for visitors at the 500-foot observation level, WTTG reported.