June 26, 2020
The Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. board of directors and staff are pleased to announce that the Roundhouse Aquarium is reopening after 15 weeks of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting on July 1, 2020, the Roundhouse Aquarium will reopen to the general public and guests will once again have the opportunity to visit the aquarium to explore its marine life exhibits and learn about southern California’s tidelands, beaches and ocean.
To ensure an enjoyable and safe guest visit at the Roundhouse Aquarium, OTS is implementing a phased approach to reopening which includes a reservation process, increased hygiene and sanitation practices, physical distancing and other safety measures.
• In order to visit the aquarium, guests and visitors are requested to make a reservation. Reservations may be made at Roundhouse Aquarium website.
• There is no charge for a reservation, although we encourage donations from visitors.
• Each reservation will be for a 30-minute period.
• The number of guests and visitors allowed in the Roundhouse Aquarium will be limited based on government guidelines.
• All aquarium staff and volunteers must go through health screening, including a contactless temperature check prior to entering the building. Any guest exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or any other sign of COVID-19 infection will be requested to visit another day.
· Appropriate masks must be worn by all staff, volunteers and guests over the age of 2. Masks will be available to guests who might need one for a donation.
· Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance and exit of the aquarium and should be used prior to entering and upon leaving the aquarium.
· Physical distancing of six feet between guests (other than household members), staff, and volunteers will be required during guest visits.
· High touch areas such as handrails, push buttons and handles will be cleaned and sanitized frequently. Animals and specimens will be for viewing only.
· No strollers, luggage larger than overhead compartment size, food or drinks will be allowed in the aquarium.
· Dogs may be carried if a support animal or allowed in the aquarium if a service dog.
Initial hours will be 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., every day of the week. Guests without reservations will be asked to secure a time slot online for a future visit. OTS hopes to expand the Roundhouse Aquarium’s hours in the future. The Roundhouse will be closed on July 4, 2020.
“We are excited to welcome our guests and patrons back to the Roundhouse Aquarium,” said John Roberts, PhD, OTS’ president and chairman of the board. “We are looking forward to showcasing the incredible marine life at the Roundhouse that we are so fortunate to teach about and share with our guests.”