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The Washington Monument Will Reopen This Week

It's been closed for more than six months due to the pandemic.

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The Washington Monument will reopen Thursday, October 1, more than six months after it closed this past March. The monument will employ “a new set of safety and cleaning procedures,” the National Park Service says in its announcement: Visitors will have to get tickets online the day before they visit instead of on the monument’s grounds, elevators will take only four to eight passengers (probably for the best), there’s a ten-minute time limit at the tippy top, and the monument will close each day for an hour at 1 PM for a cleaning.

Each ticket allows four people to visit and will be available starting Wednesday, September 30, from Admission is free, but there’s a $1.50 reservation fee per ticket.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.