Seattle Aquarium reopens under King County’s phase 2

SEATTLE — The Seattle Aquarium reopened Monday under King County’s phase 2 Safe Start plan.

The aquarium received permission to reopen after making changes to reduce risk of exposure to coronavirus.

When buying tickets online, visitors will choose a specific date and time and will enter with a set number of people in 30-minute blocks. The facility reopened with 15% capacity.

All visitors, staff and volunteers are required to wear a mask or face covering. There’s also signs on the floor to guide visitors and help ensure physical distancing.

“We’re going to be changing our programming. So, (before) you might have a 20-25 minute dive show with literally hundreds of people watching, we’re going to have much smaller, shorter mini programming so people will have these little wonderful moments of discovery along the path,” said Brad Rutherford with Seattle Aquarium.

Like other businesses, the aquarium has taken a big financial hit. The estimates range around $6 million in lost revenue through June, out of a $21 million budget.

Facility officials said there won’t be any interactive exhibits. The touch pools will be filled but no touching is allowed.

Another Seattle favorite, the Woodland Park Zoo, reopens Wednesday. Masks are also required and tickets are now on sale.