NIAGARA FALLS , N.Y. (WKBW) — The Aquarium of Niagara announced it plans to reopen to the general public on July 4.
Once the aquarium reopens to the general public it will operate at 25 percent capacity and follow its summer operating hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Western New York region is expected to enter Phase Four of the New York Forward program June 30. Officials for the aquarium say once Phase Four is officially announced, if that is before July 4, the aquarium will host a "soft opening" for members and frontline workers leading up to the official reopening on July 4.
“After more than 100 days of being closed, you can feel the enthusiasm building as we accelerate into reopening,” said Gary Siddall, Executive Director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “Our organization has walked through this period of affliction and uncertainty with triumph and resilience, and we are now poised to take on the next chapter of reopening with excitement and optimism.”
The aquarium will use a timed ticketing system upon reopening to limit and track visitor traffic. Purchasing passes before you visit is strongly recommended as only a limited number of walkup passes will be available for members and those seeking reduced admission passes.
Guests over the age of two will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit, the aquarium asks visitors to use a one-way directional flow of traffic , remain with their group and limit one group per exhibit.
Fore more information on the policies and procedures you can visit the aquarium's website here.
Interactive exhibits, shows, presentations, and animal encounters will not be accessible during the initial phase of reopening.