The Museum of Natural History has applied to the city and state to reopen at 25% capacity on Sept. 9, nearly six months after it closed because of Covid-19.
Masks will be required for everyone older than 2 years old, and people will have to sign up for admission online. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Theaters like the Hayden Planetarium will remain closed.
There’s also a new payment policy. Visitors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can still operate on a pay-what-you-wish system (with ID), but others will have a set entrance fee for the first time: $23 for adults, $18 for students and those 60 and older, and $13 for children ages 3 to 12, the Times reports. The fees are expected to stay in place after the crisis.
Like other cultural institutions, the museum has been hit hard by the pandemic, with 20% of the staff getting laid off and others being furloughed.